In simple terms, the Red Sox are testing me.

Perhaps like a lot of other Sox fans, I had a lot riding on today’s game. In my view, if the Sox dropped this game/series to the Rangers, we were toast. Our season down the drain. Absolutely done. There would have been no coming back from that, and that’s nothing against the Rangers. The Red Sox are just the better team, but anyone who watched any of the games in this series will tell you that it didn’t look like that. Texas played better baseball, and the fact that we just managed to get this win today was shocking based on how we’ve been playing lately.

A week or so ago when I was looking at Boston’s schedule, I saw we were looking at Orioles, Yankees, Rangers. Really, it should have been a complete week of winning for the Sox. There’s no reason we should have dropped as many games as we did. I don’t care how many games the Yankees have won in a row—the Sox have a better ballclub, and they should have won at least one of the games in that series. Like, come on. It’s the Yankees.

And look what happened. We swept the Orioles in three games—as we should—and then got destroyed by the Yankees in New York. Embarrassing. As if it couldn’t get any worse, we played a great first game in our series with Texas, but then dropped the second game in awful fashion. If it wasn’t for Travis Shaw’s walk-off grand slam to solidify the series win today, we would have lost yet another game to a team that we should have been handling just fine.

BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 23: As catcher Jose Trevino #23 of the Texas Rangers looks on, Travis Shaw #23 of the Boston Red Sox follows through on his game winning grand slam during the 11th inning at Fenway Park on August 23, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo By Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Regardless of today’s win, the Red Sox are crumbling. Falling apart. It’s time to get it together. We cannot be losing any must-win games anymore. In fact, there’s no such thing as must-win games for the Red Sox anymore. We’ve been playing so poorly that we must win every game we can from here on out if we even want a chance at making the playoffs.

Earlier in the season, I never would have thought I’d be saying all this about this club as we head into September. It’s disappointing, but it’s not over yet.

Simply playing better baseball will go a long way for this team. If we make another field error, I don’t even know what I’ll do. Boston’s going to be looking at postseason baseball from their couches if they don’t pick it up. Play better. Take this momentum and run with it as we face Minnesota and Cleveland in the coming days. It’s time to get it into gear and turn this season back around for the better before it’s too late.