It wasn't asking for much to hope that the Sox could simply be average, especially against the garbage teams in KC and Cleveland, and yet they didn't even manage to do that. They embarrassed themselves. There's no excuse for a 1-8 record during the most important stretch of the season. I don't care how tough those teams play the Sox, those were important games and the Sox a better team. Rather than rise to the occassion, they shrank from the moment and played putrid baseball. I also don't care if they're tired, injured, or whatever--every team faces the same challenges.
At the end of the day, the Sox had the division virtually won. It was going to take a miracle for Detroit to come back. And they went 1-8. Absolutley pathetic.