2021 Boston Red Sox: From Last Place to the ALCS

2021 Boston Red Sox

The 2021 Boston Red Sox season has concluded. Boston was two wins away from the World Series after being bested by Houston in six games in the American League Championship Series.

The end of a season is never a pleasant experience, but as a Red Sox fan, you must be proud of the fight within the 2021 club. This year’s team was expected to finish in fourth place in the American League East, following their last place division finish in 2020.

2021 Boston Red Sox

The expectations were not positive heading into the season, and the team ran all the way to the ALCS, where they were defeated by a better club. The 2021 Boston Red Sox have no reason to hang their heads because they exceeded expectations in every facet of the game.

2021 Red Sox: 92 Wins

It’s a difficult task to win 92 games in professional baseball, but Boston reached this threshold in the season’s final weeks. At times in 2021, it appeared the Red Sox had the team to win the World Series.

2021 Boston Red Sox

This did not end up being the case for Boston, but they belonged in the ALCS, making Houston earn all four wins.

There were only 11 teams that won 90+ games in 2021, putting Boston in the top third of the league. At 92-70, Boston had a .568 winning percentage compared to their .400 mark from one year ago.

This improvement is commendable, and even though the Red Sox’s magic season ended abruptly, they still were amongst the top four teams in baseball.

2021 Red Sox: See You Later, New York and Tampa Bay

Fenway Park was a graveyard for the American League East in the playoffs. The New York Yankees owned the Red Sox down the final stretch of the season, but they died in Boston in the American League Wild Card.

Boston won by a 6-2 margin on a night when Nathan Eovaldi stole the show in the Wild Card game. Xander Bogaerts and Kyle Schwarber homered off Gerrit Cole, not allowing the pitcher to throw over two innings.

2021 Boston Red Sox

In the ALDS, Boston defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, the first seed in the American League, in four games. The Red Sox were blown off the field in the first game of the series before ripping off three straight wins.

The victories in games three and four came through walk-offs from Christian Vazquez and Enrique Hernandez, respectively.

Even in the ALCS, Boston still broke records, blasting three total grand slams and two in one game.

The ultimate goal for every team is to win the World Series. However, the improvement over the past two seasons is noteworthy for the Red Sox.

The Chaim Bloom era is off to a terrific start after two seasons, and his tenure will end with numerous World Series in the coming seasons.

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Tanner Kern is a former Division I football player at Lafayette College and a graduate of the University of Connecticut. He is currently a writer for Knup Sports and the Sports 2.0 Network. He is the host of Between the Lines, the official show of Baseball Spotlight, and the main contributor for the website. Connect with Tanner on IG @tannerkern and Twitter @tannerkern_.