There’s a lot of angst hovering in the air of Red Sox Nation, but the pundits keep reminding us there is still a long way to go in this season. That’s true, but here are some sobering numbers to consider:
For the Red Sox to reach their stated goal of 95 wins, they will have to win 91 out of the remaining 149 games on their schedule (or .611 winning percent).
Meanwhile, for the Sox to finish ahead of Tampa Bay, the Rays have to lose 65 games out of their remaining 149. That means they will have to play under a .565 winning percentage.
Impossible? Not at all. But the Red Sox can’t afford to dig themselves any deeper into the hole, because they’ve already got a steep climb out.