At the start, they went 10-19. In the middle, they went 32-12. And at the end of a first half that concluded yesterday with another unsightly beating in New York, the Red Sox went 6-14, finishing at 48-45 with 69 games to play in this frustrating 2022 season.
So, what should we make of this Red Sox team?
Well, for starters, they’ve been far more predictable than those extremes would suggest.
Boston’s failures, of course, coincided with stretches of play inside the division, where the Sox have gone a combined 12-26 against Baltimore (3-5), New York (4-6), Tampa Bay (2-8) and Toronto (3-7). If you are focused on the outcome of the individual series in the division, the Sox are a gruesome 0-10-1. They have been so thoroughly outplayed by the rest of the American League East that you might be correct to describe as the worst team in a deep, five-team division.
With all of that in mind, here are five things to consider as the Sox enter the All-Star break: