The Red Sox' Big Tease Tour Of 2019

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No team in baseball and maybe all of sports has teased their fans more than the Boston Red Sox. I mean they did have an 86-year run of taking their fans on roller coaster rides of hope, which always ended in frustration - until 2004. The past three games may indicate that another 'Big Tease' tour has begun.

I have nicknamed the Red Sox final 39 games 'The Big Tease Tour' because their chances of making the playoffs are slim, very slim. Probably very, very, very slim. The Sox are seven and half games out of a playoff spot with not just one team to catch but two. The Red Sox could get hot, and I'm saying that they will get hot enough to tease their fans. But not only must the Red Sox get red hot but two teams must have near epic fails.

With no advance warning, the tour began on Tuesday in Cleveland after Monday's more typical 2019 Red Sox heartbreaking loss - a ninth inning, one-run walk-off loss after the Sox had erased a 5-1 third inning deficit to finally tie the Indians 5-5 in the top of the ninth before losing. Then Tuesday happened.

Cleveland, along with the Astros, Yankees and Twins, is definitely one of the four best teams in the American League, so after Monday night's Red Sox loss, a series loss was almost a foregone conclusion. Chris Sale pitched Tuesday night giving Red Sox hope, especially after his teammates gave him a 6-1 lead. Then Sale struggled and the Indians tied it at 6 in the 9th inning. Another heartbreaking loss looked inevitable. Then 'The Tour' and Rafel Devers happened.

Certainly no one expected that it would be the bat of light-hitting Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. who would begin the tour. Bradley, who was hitting .219, hit a tenth-inning solo home run after Devers had collected six hits, four of which were doubles.

Then, to prove that this tour is going to happen, manager Alex Cora threw caution to the wind and brought in Andrew Cashner to close the game. The much beleaguered Andrew Cashner, who had just been demoted to the bullpen after struggling thru six straight starts, proceeded to retire three straight Indians, two by strikeout. This was his first career save after nine years and 281 games in the majors. The 'Big Tease Tour' had officially begun.

Wednesday afternoon's game looked to be a struggle for the Red Sox with Brian Johnson and his 7.32 ERA starting against arguably Cleveland's best pitcher, Shane Bieber and his 3.28 ERA and 12-4 record. Two early back-to-back home runs by the Red Hot hitting Rafael Devers, his eighth straight hit, and Xander Bogaerts gave Johnson the lead. The rest was left to the bullpen who came thru. That fact alone proves that 'The Tour' is in full swing.

Six Red Sox relief pitchers gave up just two hits and no runs in six and a third innings. That included Cashner, who again retired three straight batters. Have the Red Sox, at long long last, discovered another closer along with Brandon Workman, who has recorded four saves in the last month? Jerry Remy's end of game comment yesterday was 'A remarkable performance by the bullpen. Let 'the Tour' continue.

'The Big Tease Tour' continues this weekend at Fenway with three games against the Baltimore Orioles, who have the second worst record and third lowest payroll in baseball. Sounds like perfect conditions for 'The Tour'.

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No team in baseball and maybe all of sports has teased their fans more than the Boston Red Sox. I mean they did have an 86-year run of taking their fans on roller coaster rides of hope, which always ended in frustration - until 2004. The past three games may indicate that another 'Big Tease' tour has begun.

I have nicknamed the Red Sox final 39 games 'The Big Tease Tour' because their chances of making the playoffs are slim, very slim. Probably very, very, very slim. The Sox are seven and half games out of a playoff spot with not just one team to catch but two. The Red Sox could get hot, and I'm saying that they will get hot enough to tease their fans. But not only must the Red Sox get red hot but two teams must have near epic fails.

With no advance warning, the tour began on Tuesday in Cleveland after Monday's more typical 2019 Red Sox heartbreaking loss - a ninth inning, one-run walk-off loss after the Sox had erased a 5-1 third inning deficit to finally tie the Indians 5-5 in the top of the ninth before losing. Then Tuesday happened.

Cleveland, along with the Astros, Yankees and Twins, is definitely one of the four best teams in the American League, so after Monday night's Red Sox loss, a series loss was almost a foregone conclusion. Chris Sale pitched Tuesday night giving Red Sox hope, especially after his teammates gave him a 6-1 lead. Then Sale struggled and the Indians tied it at 6 in the 9th inning. Another heartbreaking loss looked inevitable. Then 'The Tour' and Rafel Devers happened.

Certainly no one expected that it would be the bat of light-hitting Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. who would begin the tour. Bradley, who was hitting .219, hit a tenth-inning solo home run after Devers had collected six hits, four of which were doubles.

Then, to prove that this tour is going to happen, manager Alex Cora threw caution to the wind and brought in Andrew Cashner to close the game. The much beleaguered Andrew Cashner, who had just been demoted to the bullpen after struggling thru six straight starts, proceeded to retire three straight Indians, two by strikeout. This was his first career save after nine years and 281 games in the majors. The 'Big Tease Tour' had officially begun.

Wednesday afternoon's game looked to be a struggle for the Red Sox with Brian Johnson and his 7.32 ERA starting against arguably Cleveland's best pitcher, Shane Bieber and his 3.28 ERA and 12-4 record. Two early back-to-back home runs by the Red Hot hitting Rafael Devers, his eighth straight hit, and Xander Bogaerts gave Johnson the lead. The rest was left to the bullpen who came thru. That fact alone proves that 'The Tour' is in full swing.

Six Red Sox relief pitchers gave up just two hits and no runs in six and a third innings. That included Cashner, who again retired three straight batters. Have the Red Sox, at long long last, discovered another closer along with Brandon Workman, who has recorded four saves in the last month? Jerry Remy's end of game comment yesterday was 'A remarkable performance by the bullpen. Let 'the Tour' continue.

'The Big Tease Tour' continues this weekend at Fenway with three games against the Baltimore Orioles, who have the second worst record and third lowest payroll in baseball. Sounds like perfect conditions for 'The Tour'.

I have covered the Boston Red Sox from the heartbreak of 1986 to finally breaking "the curse" in 2004 and their other world championships in '07 & '13. For over 30 ...