The Boston Red Sox claimed a 7-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday. In doing so, they went to seven games over .500 at 51-44 on the season. They are one of the teams in the mix for the 2023 MLB playoffs. Boston will play Oakland again on Tuesday. The players will have to be focused on the game at hand but Boston fans will surely be watching the team’s rivals.

Below is a chart that shows what Boston has done to get back into the thick of things in the playoff hunt. Just over a month ago, Boston was two games below .500. It has been a nice run of form that has seen them get to where they are now.

Boston Red Sox: Recent Form Alert

  • Formerly: 33 – 35 on June 14th, 2023
  • Currently: 51 – 44 (overall)
  • Recent form: 18 – 9 since June 14th, 2023
  • Recent winning rate: .667

The teams that Boston fans will be paying attention to are plenty. All divisional rivals in the AL East are in play as competitors. Any one of them might compete for Boston, if not for the AL East title then for one of the three Wild Card spots.

The teams in the AL Central are not as important. One of them will claim the divisional title. If you are a Boston fan, then you would like to see the second-placed team drift so as not to threaten for a Wild Card.

In the AL West, the Texas Rangers, the Houston Astros, and the Seattle Mariners are all Wild Card competitors. However, one of these teams will, presumably, win the division.

Boston’s AL East chances cannot be considered off the board at this point. There are still about 65 games left for all teams. Tampa Bay has been struggling for a month. As they regress, so improves the chances of the teams that looked like major afterthoughts a month ago. That includes the Red Sox. However, Boston’s AL East chances are complicated because they are just one team in a chaotic race.

But Boston playing .667 baseball in their last 27 games while Tampa Bay has played .375 baseball in their last 24 games is interesting. If those winning rates hold for just a short time longer, then it will be game on down the stretch this regular season.

Tampa Bay Rays: Recent Form Alert

  • Formerly: 51 – 22 on June 17th, 2023
  • Currently: 60 – 37 (overall)
  • Recent form: 9 – 15 since June 17th, 2023
  • Recent winning rate: .375