Valentine thinks Sox are playoff team

Bobby V Confident In His Team

ESPN MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian discusses Bobby Valentine's prediction that the Red Sox are playoff bound.

Though his team has been hovering around the mark all season, Bobby Valentine doesn’t see the Red Sox as a .500 baseball team.

In fact, he thinks the Red Sox -- who enter Wednesday a game under .500 -- are bound for October even though they’re currently 9 games behind the Yankees in the AL East and 4 1/2 games out of the second wild card spot, behind four teams (a fifth if you count the wild-card leader).

"I think we're a playoff team and I think we're going to be there before the season is over," Valentine said Wednesday morning in an interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI.

When it was suggested by a host that the team would probably need to get to around 89 wins to earn the second wild card spot -- which would mean a 34-17 record the rest of the way – Valentine thought that sounded doable.

"Yeah, of course," Valentine said. "Of course, we can do better than that. I don't think that's so optimistic, I think it’s realistic if we stay healthy. Right now we have some concerns in the bullpen, if that stabilizes I think there’s big runs ahead."

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