Why Boston Red Sox's Next 18 Games Will Make or Break Their 2012 Season

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Why Boston Red Sox's Next 18 Games Will Make or Break Their 2012 Season
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Mid-May seems early for MLB games to take on a win-or-bust quality.

But starting with a two-game set at Tampa that begins tonight, the Boston Red Sox are entering must-win territory.

Boston has reeled off five consecutive victories to creep within two games of .500 (17–19), but there’s no telling if this represents progress or an aberration. Just look at the stretches they’ve endured or enjoyed to start the 2012 season.

  • April 5–11: Lost five of six
  • April 13–15: Won three straight
  • April 16–21: Lost five straight
  • April 23–28: Won six straight
  • April 29–May 10: Lost nine of 11
  • May 11–15: Won five straight

Inconsistency, thy name is Boston.

The Red Sox’s next seven series—against five different opponents and spanning 18 games—are important not just because Boston needs to establish if it’s a contender or pretender. They’re also important because of who they’re playing.

Read on for a scouting report/preview of each team on Boston’s schedule between now and June 7th.

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