Having clinched their first series of the 2012 season—in a four-game set against the division rival Tampa Bay Rays, no less—the doom and gloom that dominated the Boston Red Sox’s first six games is starting to lift.
The truth of the matter is that the fatalism of that first week was/is a bit premature (not that there’s anything new with Sox fans reacting that way). This isn’t to say that Boston is not without its deficiencies. But they are not the only team in the majors with significant improvements to make if they are to play deep into October.
And for all the scrutiny that the team habitually plays under, they have been enviously consistent. For the past five years, they have won no fewer than 89 games, reaching three postseasons and winning one World Series.
Do the resources the Red Sox possess make that success an expectation? Yes. But it’s not a guarantee. Just ask the New York Mets, Chicago Cubs or other big-spending teams who struggle to play .500 ball.
Breathe easy, Boston fans. The sky isn’t falling.
Here are five reasons why.