Everyone is on the same page and knows the Boston Red Sox have been the best team in baseball and are the clear favorites heading into October.
However, being the favorites to win it all doesn't mean squat once postseason play starts. It'd be shocking if Boston doesn't win their ALDS matchup against the winner of the Wild Card Game, but the ALCS could be more challenging when you look at their potential opponents and how they've fared against them this year.
2018 Red Sox Against Teams They Might Face in ALCS (OAK, HOU, CLE): 4-7— 12upSports (@12upSports) August 21, 2018
2018 Red Sox at Home Against Teams They Might Face in ALCS: 1-3
Not shade, just facts.
Hmm. The Red Sox, who are 50 games above .500, are a combined 4-7 against the Oakland A's, Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians, including a combined 1-3 against them at Fenway. That won't get it done in their quest to win their first World Series title since 2013.
From the "Indians can only beat up on bad teams file": The Red Sox are 12-12 against current AL playoff teams, 76-26 against everyone else.— Ryan C (@RyanInCLE) August 21, 2018
This doesn't mean they won't turn it up when the games truly matter, but you wonder how effective they'll be against whichever quality opponent they face.
With the rotations the Astros and Indians have, as well as the loaded bullpen Oakland possesses, this Red Sox offense might be neutralized in October and would need their pitching staff to lead the way, which is a problem if Chris Sale isn't 100 percent.
It's not time to give them the trophy just yet.