Hating on Red Sox for record against weak competition is ridiculous

The Boston Red Sox are 8-1, and it doesn't matter who those wins came against.

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts celebrates at home plate as he scores on an RBI-double by Andrew Benintendi in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Boston Red Sox have an 8-1 record, among the best in the league, and still, they have tons of haters. The biggest argument against them so far is that their first nine games have come against terrible teams. That argument is ridiculous.

It’s true that Boston has had an easier start than most of the 2018 season with two games against the Miami Marlins and seven against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox lost in heartbreaking fashion on Opening Day, but they haven’t lost since. They have a nice early cushion in the American League East, and if all goes as planned that lead will grow even more this week when they face the New York Yankees.

Arguing that the Red Sox start is irrelevant because of the teams that they’ve played makes no sense. Boston is supposed to beat teams like the Rays and Marlins. If they were hovering around .500 at this point, that would be a bigger story to follow. Yankees fans, naturally, are the leaders of the Red Sox hate group, but they’re talking nonsense. Some seem to think that New York’s 5-5 record is acceptable because they’ve faced the Blue Jays, Rays, and Orioles. Against Tampa Bay, they were 2-0 and were just as excited as Red Sox fans for those wins. Now that Boston has beaten the Rays six times though, the wins are viewed as pointless in those fans eyes.

I know, it may be ridiculous to try to have a rational conversation or debate with these Yankees fans or other Red Sox haters, but when in doubt shout out this fact. The Yankees just lost 3 of 4 to the Orioles. The same Orioles that were just 1-5 entering the series. They aren’t much better than the Tampa Bay Rays, whom the Red Sox just happened to sweep at Fenway Park.

This should all be settled when Boston hosts New York this week, and with how things are going it could be a sweep. Chris Sale will get the start on Tuesday, followed by David Price and Rick Porcello. That trio has been on fire to start the year, with ERA’s of 0.82, 0.00, and 2.84 respectively. Price has gone 14 full innings without allowing a single run. The Yankees will put up a fight surely, but they also have a ton of strikeouts built into the lineup with Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. New York’s big offseason addition is already at 20 strikeouts through 10 games. He’s had two games with 5 strikeouts already and the boos have been raining down on him at Yankee Stadium.

The hate on the Red Sox 8-1 record has to stop. It’s ridiculous. They are beating the teams that they are supposed to beat, and they’re getting it done in many different ways. At some point, a losing streak will likely come, but this team has what it takes to win 100 games, take the AL East, and possibly make a run to the World Series. See you in October, haters.