Originally Posted by edinatlanta
Also, just FTR, at the midpoint last year, the Giants were 7.5 back behind three teams that missed the playoffs. Who wrote them off then?
That's less to show how wrong our prognostications often are, but more that ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. The Sox could have the worst record in baseball in October but it seems much more logical that they will be one of the better teams in baseball.
Ed, you are so right that it is still early. But the difference between the Giants, or the Rockies a few years ago or the Angels in'02 (they started 2-9) is the division they play in. The AL East is a bear and the Sox not only have to fight with the Yankees & others to win the division, they have to play that Al schedule all season. Of course the season is not lost for them. I just could never figure out why people were thinking they were such heavy favorites with some glaring holes in their line up & staff. They can come back & win the division but it will largely depend on Beckett, Lackey, Jenks & Paplebon being much better than they were last year.