Here we sit, exactly 40 games in to the 2012 season and needless to say, the Boston Red Sox 19-21 record is not what many fans were hoping for.
The critics and media members alike penned this team to be good enough to finish the season in third place in the AL East, possibly contending for the second Wild Card spot heading in to the playoffs—not sitting fifth in the division.
That being said, the team has struggled through some significant adversity to start the season. Between injuries to their starting left fielder, center fielder, third baseman and closer, coupled with poor performances by the starting pitching staff, the Boston Red Sox have at times looked more like the Bad News Bears.
While there is still a lot of baseball left to play, it is appropriate to take a look at the season thus far.