The Red Sox, at one point, looked poised to gain complete control of the American League East. Now, they not only trail the Yankees, but they're fighting to stave off the surging Rays.
The Sox' lead in the AL wild card is now down to 3 1/2 games after a sweep at the hands of Tampa over the weekend. If there's one positive for the Sox right now, aside from the fact that they still do hold the lead, it's that they play their next 10 games at Fenway Park.
The Sox kick off a quick two-game series with the Blue Jays on Tuesday before squaring off with the Rays for another four games. The Sox then host the Orioles for a four-game series, which includes a doubleheader next Monday.
In order for the Red Sox, who have lost nine of their last 11 games, to get back on track, NESN's Tom Caron and Jim Rice think the pitching will have to improve. However, that's not the only issue plaguing Boston.
To hear more from TC and Rice, check out the video above from NESN Daily.