The first 19 games of 2014 have gone a lot different for the Boston Red Sox than the same stretch last season. At this point in 2013, they were in first place, owners of a 13-6 record with a two-game lead on the Baltimore Orioles.
Now they're 9-10 and two games out of first place.
After winning the World Series last October, general manager Ben Cherington made some crucial roster decisions. He sought external options to fill holes at catcher and in the bullpen but felt the vacancies at shortstop and center field could be handled by their minor league prospects.
So far, he's technically been right, but it's been a much more inconsistent month of April than the organization would like.
Still, they find themselves in the thick of things in the American League East and are ready to do battle as the regular season moves toward the summer.
Here are five things we've learned about the Red Sox now that the first month of the season is more than halfway over.
Statistics sourced from MLB.com.