The Red Sox won a bit by losing Friday night.
Helping temper the 11-inning defeat at the hands of the Braves in the teams' series opener was the light at the end of the tunnel that is the 2021 MLB Draft order.
What the Red Sox realized coming into their final series of the season was that both the No. 1 and 2 picks were out of the question. Pittsburgh had the worst record locked up. That has been a foregone conclusion for a few days now.
As for a potential shot at one of the two Vanderbilt pitchers -- Kumar Rocker or Jack Leiter -- Texas secured that opportunity even though it won Friday night. The Rangers are two games worse than the Red Sox but own the tie-breaker, which is record for the previous season.
The good news for the 22-36 Red Sox is that No. 3 is still very much in play, which could very well result in taking the best hitter in the Draft.
The Sox stand at 22-36, one worse than the coldest team in baseball Detroit (which has lost five in a row and sits at 22-34) and two below Arizona (24-34), which has now won four straight.
The Orioles are still in play at 24-34, obviously owning a tie-breaker because of their horrific 2019 season. The Nationals are sitting at 23-34.
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