The Boston Red Sox are on pace to have close to 110 wins on the season; but is that enough for Alex Cora’s first year as head coach in the eyes of the Red Sox nation?
Taking over a team for the first time isn’t an easy task, but Cora has made it look simple. He has been doing all the right things to be successful this season like being cautious with Chris Sale, and giving people time to come back and not rush like Eduardo Rodríguez. However, that isn’t enough.
To clinch the division isn’t a huge accomplishment if the team has done it three years in a row, but if it’s about being on top instead of the New York Yankees, then it’s a big deal. Nothing is better to Red Sox fans than rubbing it into the face of Yankees of who’s team is doing better.
The previous two years, the Red Sox have clinched the division with no problem, but then the team loses in the very first round. Red Sox fans know that as postseason approaches, they wonder if their new manager can get the team over the hump. The minimum that can be seen as a “okay” season, would be getting past the first round.
The next step that Red Sox fans want to witness is the defeat of the Houston Astros. The Astros came into Boston late in the year and showed the world that the Red Sox shouldn’t be easy favorites to come out of the American league. That series didn’t comfort the Red Sox faithful as they began to think that Cora doesn’t have what it takes to get past this juggernaut of a team. After witnessing that series transpire, flashbacks to last year’s first round knockout by the Astros began to resurface in the minds of the Red Sox fans. If Cora can’t get past the Astros in the playoffs, then the season will be considered a waste of a year to the Red Sox faithful.
Cora has lead his team to 100 wins in the fastest setting pace since the 1940s, but that doesn’t mean anything. The big test is the World Series, and if Cora can give Boston another parade for being for best team in baseball, fans will see this year as a great year. If they fall short, then it will be an okay year. However, anything below that don’t equate to those accomplishments as previously mention, then Alex Cora will need to realize that he did not do enough to win the hearts of the Red Sox nation, and this will be a waste of a season.