With a week to go in the regular season, the Red Sox are unlikely to change their playoff position. They’re about to win the American League East for the second straight season, which will allow them to escape the wild card round, but pit them against one of the league’s two top seeds: the Houston Astros or Cleveland Indians.
Neither will represent an easy opponent. The Astros were the league’s best team in the first half before weathering a mid-season slump. In recent weeks, however, they’ve rebounded nicely and kept pace with the fast-charging Indians.
Cleveland has been a revelation for the last month. Since the Red Sox beat the Indians two straight August 22 and 23, the Indians have gone an incredible 27-1.