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Boston has plenty of time to turn their early season problems around.
As we have mentioned before, baseball is a game of streaks and slumps. Each team, no matter how talented, endures tough stretches where it appears as if everything has gone wrong.
The latter half of May is a perfect indication of the storm Boston has endured, combined with the hot streak the Red Sox have been on as of late.
But the storm Boston has endured goes much further than just slumps—both individually and as a team.
Injuries, perhaps above all other factors, have been at the heart of the Red Sox's problems for much of the season so far.
Look at Boston's roster and count all the players that have spent time on the disabled list so far. Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, Will Middlebrooks, Mike Carp and Clay Buchholz are just some of the names that pop up.
There have been others who have missed time due to injury but avoided DL stints, such as Dustin Pedroia and Koji Uehara, per Ian Browne of MLB.com.
When one stops to think about the aforementioned names and their respective roles on this team, it is hard to wonder how the Red Sox still remain in contention thus far into the 2014 season.
Thankfully, Boston has called upon its organizational depth as well as some key moves by manager John Farrell and general manager Ben Cherington in recent weeks.
Let us put all the pieces together for a moment.
In the case of Victorino's injuries, Boston has been able to rely on timely production from players like Jackie Bradley Jr. and Grady Sizemore—perhaps not equally in terms of offensive contributions but filling the void nonetheless.
Middlebrooks' absence has opened up the door for Boston to re-sign Stephen Drew, which shores up the defense while adding some offensive prowess on the left side of the infield. Brock Holt has also filled in amicably as well.
The bullpen—such an integral part of Boston's 2013 success—and the back end of the rotation has reinforcements in players like Rubby De La Rosa, Brandon Workman and Chris Capuano.
While not perfect, all these elements have combined to put Boston in much better shape moving forward. It is a storm of circumstance and chance, and the Red Sox obviously wished to have avoided the 10-game skid they recently endured.
Still, getting over these sorts of humps during the season can prove to be valuable to a team's character over the course of the season. This Red Sox team is far too talented to wallow in the folds of the division cellar.
It is all but impossible to state the Red Sox will overcome the many troubles they have faced in 2014 thus far.
Yet we must keep in mind that there is still plenty of baseball left to be played and that good signs are on the horizon. With two months remaining before the July 31 trade deadline, Boston has plenty of time to determine whether or not they will be buyers or sellers at that point.
Looking at the standings alone, the Red Sox can shift their focus on overtaking the Baltimore Orioles (ahead by 1.5 games) and the New York Yankees (ahead by 2.5 games) within the American League East.
This, combined with some of the listed aspects of Boston's current situation, lends credence to the fact that the Red Sox have an excellent shot at hitting their stride at the right time.
Now we just have to wait and see how they accomplish this.
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Peter Panacy is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report, covering the Boston Red Sox. Follow him @PeterMcShots on Twitter.