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Alex Cora riffs on ‘Dumb and Dumber’ to explain Red Sox’ playoff prospects

The prospects of the Boston Red Sox qualifying for the postseason continue to ebb and flow, and Alex Cora riffed on a comedy classic to explain the perceptively diminishing prospects.

Ahead of Tuesday’s 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins, the Red Sox skipper utilized a classic — not to mention oft-used — bit from the iconic “Dumb and Dumber” when addressing the odds of the Red Sox getting into the playoffs.

“Well, we have an 8% chance, so I mean, like ‘Dumb and Dumber,’ there’s still a chance, I guess. At least in my eyes,” Cora said, via NBC Sports Boston. “You control two things: the way you play and the Rays because we play four games (against them). You don’t control the Indians, you don’t control the A’s. That’s out of the equation. Although we started controlling the Indians when we beat them two out of three.”

To their credit, the Red Sox have surged of late, winning 10 of their past 15 games following Tuesday’s setback. The team is playing hot baseball at the right time, but being 5.5 games back in the AL Wild Card chase means the Red Sox need the Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland A’s and Cleveland Indians to stumble as well to remain in the hunt.

A three-game series with the division-rival Rays starting Sept. 20 may prove to be the Red Sox’ final stand when it comes to a potential postseason berth, so long as the team remains close in the Wild Card standings.

So, when it comes to the Red Sox at this point, perhaps the team should heed the sage wisdom of one Lloyd Christmas: “Well, it’s not gonna do us any good sitting here whining about it. We’re in a hole. We’re just going to have to dig ourselves out.”