The rich get richer
If the Red Sox do somehow manage to get to the 2017 World Series, the National League team waiting for them will likely be the juggernaut Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers, who already own the best record in MLB at 74-31, acquired righty Yu Darvish from the Rangers on deadline day. Darvish (6-9, 4.01 ERA), a four-time All-Star, gives the Dodgers insurance if Clayton Kershaw can’t return to full strength from his injured back. The Houston Astros, who the Red Sox could very well meet in the playoffs, landed lefty starter Francisco Liriano from the Blue Jays on Monday. Liriano is 6-5 with a 5.88 ERA this season.