The Red Sox currently stand at 43-43 and are 9.5 games behind the New York Yankees in the American League East and 2.5 games back in the wild-card hunt. They played 28 series in the first half and only won 13. They split a two-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays in the middle of May.
What all of the boils down to is—they just weren’t good enough. Okay, obvious enough. But what is striking is just how mediocre they were.
Every team slumps; it’s just part of the game. One of the strange things about the Red Sox, though, is they never seemed to get going enough to have a slump. They lived in a grey area where they never quite swam and never quite drowned.
They were mired in that dull hue called mediocrity.
The mediocrity is clear when you look at the first-half splits:
If they are to make the playoffs, the second half of the season must be a completely different story. They must take off full force—no more treading water for Bobby V’s boys.
It is true: A win is a win. Every win counts whether you’re playing New York or Kansas City. But there are 10 second-half series for the Red Sox that stand out from all the rest. They seem bigger, more important somehow, than the others.
There are 24 series in the second half—let’s take a look the 10 biggest ones.
Unless otherwise noted, all stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com