NEW YORK -- Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, in the aftermath of his team's 9-1 loss to the Yankees that dropped Boston's record to 5-17 this month, suggested that it would be a mistake to dismiss the Sox based on their struggles this month. Instead, he suggested that, assuming that they reach the playoffs, the team could emerge as an overlooked force in October.
"We’ve got a two-game lead in the wild card right now," said Gonzalez. "I think when we get into the playoffs, whoever we play better watch out because we’re going to go in being the underdog, especially the way we’ve been playing this month, so we’ve got nothing to lose."
Gonzalez allowed that the Sox are indeed amidst a terrible stretch of baseball. Even so, he noted that sentiment about the club could change rapidly, and that a strong day of baseball in Sunday's double header could have the team positioned comfortably for entry into the postseason.
"Plain and simple, we’re not playing good baseball. At the same time, we can come out tomorrow and win the two games and pretty much be a lock to be in the playoffs. all these things can turn in a matter of 12 hours," said Gonzalez. "The last time we went through this, we came out of that and we were the best team for two or three months. When we come out of this, we’re going to be the best team and that’s why I like our chances going into the playoffs."
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