Inconsistent play on the field and drama off of it have been two of the major culprits in the disappointing start for this team, whose $170 million payroll is among the highest in MLB. They have struggled to stay afloat all season, and indeed have never been better than five games over the .500 mark.
Still, though, there are many reasons for optimism in the second half of the season. The Sox have placed a total of 22 different players on the DL since spring training, a truly staggering figure that will not be replicated the rest of the season.
The true vision of the 2012 Red Sox has yet to take the field this year, but in the coming weeks, fans will finally see the way this team was meant to look.
With a potent offense, strong bullpen and experienced starters, there’s a lot to like about this Sox team going forward. Let’s take a look at 10 reasons why it is fair to expect a big turnaround in the second half of the 2012 season: