A week ago talk was about the Sox, their strong-ish play, and a sudden three game lead. Situations are fluid. The Sox have dropped five games in the standings in a mere week, an anomalous drop and an extremely just representation of their recent level of play. Should their offensive output stick at Pat Boone levels, the Sox will, in no short amount of time, find their fans rooting for a team several games out of first place. This isn't panic, but fact: the Sox are playing like a lower-tier squad right now. They can afford to lose five games in a week with a three game lead. They can't do this while trailing, by any number of games.
Scarily, this slump is team-wide. And they are a team that isn't exactly a run-scoring machine on the best of days. The bottom four in the lineup are NL-worthy, and the leadoff spot is death-by-Tito's-pen for seemingly the best of the Sox' hitters. This season, right at this moment, so close to the deadline, is on the rocks. In less than a week Theo may have the opportunity to pivot, and the Sox may be in the position to sell rather than buy. So which team is it? The .600+ win team that performed for 80+ games, or the .000 team of the past several days? It is hard to tell with baseball and the attendant, impactful emotions of fandom.
Situations are fluid.