The reality of the situation the Red Sox find themselves in appears to have hit manager Alex Cora.
Speaking with reporters before Thursday's 9-4 loss to the Rays, good for Boston's fourth straight loss, Cora noted that he planned on meeting with the team before their four-game series with the first-place Yankees.
The meeting, according to Cora, is "not at all common," and was going to be a reminder of the Sox's situation with the calendar flipped to August.
“I think it’s important not because of what people think,” Cora said Thursday. "It’s just what’s coming now. It’s August 1, August 2, whenever we talk. And there’s a reality where we’re at. And they know. But it’s just a reminder. And we do that most of the time, but in a different setting.”
Less than a week after grabbing five of six of a crucial stretch against the Rays and Yankees, Boston's four-game losing streak has absolutely crushed the team's momentum, with the Sox now back in third place in the American League East (the Yankees now have a 10.5 game lead over Boston), and three and a half games out of the second wild card.
It doesn't get any easier for the Sox, either, with the aforementioned four-game series against the Yankees on deck, and with 15 of their remaining 26 games in August coming against teams over .500.