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Struggling Red Sox way off last year's World Series pace

Struggling Red Sox way off last year's World Series pace

Even though Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox brought back most of the 2018 World Series champions, this 2019 team has failed to repeat last year's historic 108-win dominance. 

After Sunday's 6-1 loss at home to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Sox dropped to 42-37. At this point last year, Boston was 52-27, 10 games better. Even more stunning, last year's championship team didn't lose its 37th game until August 19, and the loss made them 88-37, per baseball stats guru Jeremy Frank. 

Last year, Boston played its best ball at Fenway, going 57-24 (.704) at home. In 2019, however, they've been better on the road (24-18) than at home. In fact, Boston enters a three-game home series versus the Chicago White Sox with a losing home record (18-19). 

As of Monday, the Red Sox are in third place in the AL East, eight games behind the first place Yankees. They wouldn't make the playoffs if the season ended today. Time and time again, these Sox appear to turn a corner, only to disappoint and revert to lackluster performance.

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox 'showing active interest' in Kirby Yates and Ken Giles

MLB Rumors: Red Sox 'showing active interest' in Kirby Yates and Ken Giles

It's no secret the Red Sox need to address their less-than-stellar bullpen and starting rotation at the July 31 trade deadline if they hope to make a run toward the postseason. 

They have already reportedly looked at Madison Bumgarner and Marcus Stroman as starting options while Toronto's Daniel Hudson is a reported target for some bullpen help. 

Keeping with the theme of potential bullpen additions, the Red Sox reportedly have 'active interest' in Padres closer Kirby Yates and Blue Jays closer Ken Giles, according to Jon Morosi

Both have been very good closers this season for their respective clubs, who could both be sellers at the deadline. Yates, 32, leads the National League in saves with 31 to go with a 1.07 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 40 appearances. 

Giles, 29, hasn't bee as good as Yates this year by the numbers with only 14 saves. But a 1.64 ERA in 33 games and electric stuff would certainly be a welcome addition in the Boston bullpen. The Red Sox are in no place to be picky. 

Acquiring a closer would be a curious move considering the Sox' plan to use Nathan Eovaldi as the full-time closer. Of course, they could bring a legitimate closer to open up a return to the rotation for Eovaldi, but it would be odd to get a closer before getting a good look at Eovaldi in that role. 

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox among teams to evaluate Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudson

MLB Rumors: Red Sox among teams to evaluate Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudson

As the July 31 trade deadline quickly approaches, the Red Sox will need to bolster their bullpen and starting rotation if they want to make another run at back-to-back World Series championships. 

They already have reported interest in starters like Madison Bumgarner and Marcus Stroman, and now they seem to have eyes on some much-needed bullpen help. 

According to Jon Morosi, the Red Sox are among teams evaluated Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudson as several clubs have shown interest in trading for the 32-year-old right-hander. 

Hudson has appeared in 40 games this season for Toronto, posting a 2.72 ERA and 42 strikeouts over 43 innings. Morosi notes that over his last 16 outings, Hudson has been excellent, sporting a 0.93 ERA. 

The Red Sox are expected to be buyers at the trade deadline, with their biggest needs on the mound. If they expect to make any sort of run in the postseason or get into the playoffs for that matter, they will need to acquire pitchers. Hudson could go a long way in stabilizing what has been a disastrous group of relievers this season. 

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