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Red Sox officially eliminated from postseason contention

Nick Friar
September 20, 2019 - 11:16 pm

After making it to the postseason in each of the last three seasons, the Red Sox were officially knocked out of contention when the Indians beat the Phillies 5-2 on Friday.

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Should their pace and the Yankees’ maintain, this could be the furthest Boston has been from winning the division in a single season since 2014. However, the Red Sox finished fifth in the AL East that year. This year, they should finish third.

All the Red Sox can do at this point is play spoiler, now in the midst of a four-game set with the Rays, who are battling Cleveland for the second Wild Card spot. Either team could step into the first Wild Card position, as well. The A’s only hold a narrow advantage (1.5 games).

The Red Sox were unable to help out the Indians on Friday, losing 5-4 in 11 innings.

For only the third time in 2019, Rick Porcello had a scoreless outing for the Red Sox. His last outing of the like came on June 17 in a seven-inning effort in Minnesota. The other was a start against the A’s on April 30, in which he lasted eight innings.

Though, unlike the other outings, Porcello did not get the win in his scoreless, six-inning outing on Friday,

Porcello didn’t walk any Tampa hitters and struck out six — leaving him one shy of 1,500 career K's.

Mitch Moreland was Boston’s lone run producer. His two home runs against the Rays bring him to 17 on the season. He surpassed his mark from last year (15) despite having played in 39 fewer games in 2019.