LOS ANGELES — They are pushing forward. Trying hard to break this .500-or-so trap they’ve been in for five weeks. The Red Sox are 18-16 since the All-Star break and 8-10 over their last 18 games after Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Dodgers.
The Red Sox have arguably been the most consistent team in baseball. They have not lost more than three straight games all year yet they have to battle with every ounce of energy to stay in first place in the American League East because Tampa Bay refuses to go away.