The Red Sox will begin the second half of their season tonight in Tampa Bay. Their first half was disappointing to say the least. Here’s a brief recap of what we have seen so far in 2012:
- Record: 43-43, 4th place in AL East
- Pythagorean W-L: 47-39 (What their record should be based on their runs scored and given up)
- Runs Scored Per Game: 5.02 (2nd in AL) [4.46 League Average]
- Runs Given Up Per Game: 4.52 (9th in AL) [4.37 League Average]
So what do these numbers tell us? The Red Sox are hitting well but their pitching has underperformed immensely. With Beckett, Lester, and Bucholz having sub par seasons thus far, we can at least hold onto some hope that they will get better. The team has also fallen victim to a little bit of bad luck based on their Pythagorean W-L record being 4 games better than their actual record. With some good luck in the second half they should be able to close that gap and make a run at the playoffs.