May 2012 was a transformational month for the Boston Red Sox.
After Josh Beckett surrendered seven runs in just 2.1 innings in an 8-3 loss on May 10—Beckett’s first start after his infamous off-day golf game—the Sox were 12–19 and looked like a team in disarray.
Fast-forward three weeks and Boston—while still in the AL East cellar—is two games over .500 and just 2.5 behind the division-leading Orioles and Rays. The Sox haven’t lost back-to-back games in three weeks.
The factors sparking this turnaround have been myriad. A leaps-and-bounds improvement by the bullpen. Offensive contributions from both established stars and plucky role players. A greater sense of control exhibited by Bobby Valentine.
As the Sox prepare for their final game of May, all 25 players on the active roster get a grade for the month. Most are positive, while others need to step it up if the Sox want to be stamped as contenders.
Read on to see if you agree with these May report cards.