DH David Ortiz and other members of the team were blunt in their description of the Red Sox' poor play during both a 1-6 road trip and during a three-game sweep at the hands of the Rays over the weekend. With their lead down to 3 1/2 games in the wild card against a Rays team that is riding white hot pitching back into contention, the team acknowledges that a trip to the postseason is not a certainty.
Dustin Pedroia said that the Sox need to play better or face the specter of going home. Ortiz, meanwhile, sounded alarm bells about the team's play.
"If we keep on playing like that, we’ll be at home in October. ... At this point you panic. Hell yeah, you've got to panic at this point," the slugger told reporters in St. Petersburg. "But you're not going to do anything panicking but playing better. Of course you're freaked out. You go on this road trip 1-6, it's not good. We've got [the Rays] breathing down our necks and we're not in first place, either. We've got to play better."
The Sox have Monday off before starting a nine-day, 10-game homestand against the Blue Jays, Rays and Orioles.
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