Alex Cora Doesn't Exactly Sound Confident in the Red Sox

Adam Taylor McKillop
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora's latest comments don't make him sound exactly confident in his current team.
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora's latest comments don't make him sound exactly confident in his current team. / Duane Burleson/Getty Images

There's no question that the Boston Red Sox are in free-fall mode. This team has lost 9 of their last 11 games since the MLB Trade Deadline and 10 of their last 12 overall. Much of the criticism has stemmed from the Red Sox's inability to make a splash at the deadline, especially in comparison to moves made by the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora was recently interviewed about the state of the team and, let's just say he doesn't exactly sound confident in his bunch.

"We've had a lot of opportunities to put teams away with the people we have here. We haven't performed. We should be okay. We're going to be okay."

Alex Cora

It's the last line that really gets you. Almost as if Cora corrected himself after saying "we should be okay," and then followed up with "we're going to be okay." It comes off as that sense of false confidence in order to truly believe what you're saying.

And, there's no question that Boston should be concerned. In the month of August, where Boston has gone just 2-7, the team ranks 25th in team ERA (5.63) and 27th in runs scored (27). By comparison, Boston ranks 15th (4.31 ERA) and eighth (555 runs scored) for the course of the entire 2021 campaign.

The worst thing that's happened in August has been the Red Sox seeing their AL East division lead turn into a 5.0-game deficit to the Tampa Bay Rays. New York also remains heavy on their heels, trailing just 2.0 games in the division and Wild Card standings.

Hopefully Cora's false confidence can turn into some real confidence for the Red Sox. Currently, Boston holds +1600 odds to win the World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook. Those odds rank behind both the Rays and Yankees.

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