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The Red Sox have but a single All-Star representative

Jul 2, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

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I don’t think anyone’s crying for the Red Sox, but this from Peter Abraham of the Globe is notable: for the first time since 2001, the Red Sox only have one All-Star representative.

He’s a deserving one, obviously — it’s David Ortiz  — so this isn’t a Scott-Cooper-in-1993-and-1994 situation, but it is crazy that a team like the Sox only has one. Injuries are a killer.

But All-Star-light or not, the season has quietly turned around in Boston. Since that 4-10 start, they’re 38-27. The Rays have slid down below them and the Sox have sole possession of third place. New York seems difficult to catch, but I don’t think anyone is banking on the O’s staying ahead of them for long.  If the season ended today Boston would be a half-game from a playoff spot.

  1. Glenn - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    The Orioles have a -26 run differential. The Red Sox are +57, about the same as the Yankees. As injured players return, I can’t believe that the Red Sox won’t be a playoff team

    • sabatimus - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      Pitching.

      • Jack Marshall - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        The pitching’s fine, deep, and figures to get better. No team has a more deceptive ERA.

  2. flutiedb - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    How would the Sox only he a half game from a playoff spot if season ended today? Angels would have the wild card.

    • Jeremy T - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      Second wild card?

  3. Ari Collins - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    That’s been the story of the 2012 Red Sox: everyone’s pretty good, no one’s great. (Except for Ortiz, who’s having his second-best season.)

    Makes it an odd team, and also a tough one to upgrade.

    • Jack Marshall - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      Tough to upgrade? The MVP runner-up is joining the team in center, Carl Crawford is, even at worst, an upgrade over Darnell McDonald, and Bailey will be added to the bullpen. If Pedroia and Gonzalez get their season stats even close to their career levels, the Red Sox easily could be significantly better, and they are very good now.

      • iamthedoublestandard - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        Jack, spoken like a true fan. How do you figure that Ellsbury will be THAT player again or that he won’t get hurt? Crawford? Good luck. Bailey doesn’t know how to stay off the DL. Pedroia and Gonzo, I’ll give u that because I’m nice. But now I’m being generous. Keep looking on the bright side though. It can’t hurt… till September comes around.

      • Ari Collins - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:38 PM

        I suppose I should have said, “a tough team to upgrade via trade.” Obviously it’s entirely possible they’ll have a better second half through improved health and some regression from their stars. But where do you make upgrades to their roster if you’re the GM?

  4. Joe - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Saltalamacchia’s the only other guy even in the discussion for an All Star spot.

    • homelanddefense - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      He is borderline, but I think he definitely deserved it over Napoli, and Weiters.

    • Jack Marshall - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      If middle relievers could get chosen, the Sox would have several good candidates.

  5. mybrunoblog - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Somewhere, Scott Cooper is offended by this post. C’mon Cooper wasn’t that bad.

    • Glenn - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      The Sox gave away Jeff Bagwell to Houston for a few months of reliever Larry Andersen because Scott Cooper was supposed to be the better third baseman at the time. Cooper was pretty much a bust after a good start to his career.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        They really stockpiled at third, didn’t they? Boggs, Cooper, Naerhing, Bagwell …

        I loved Naerhing. One of my favorites, though I can’t remember why.

  6. mrlaloosh - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Big Poopie is jucin’ again!

  7. downsouthnow - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    What all of you homer journalists neglect to mention when you cite how great the Red Sox have been – is the fact that they have played absolutely no one over the last month. The Cubs, multiple series against the Marlins, Atlanta, Seattle, Oakland and Toronto, represent the basement of the AL and NL. The only real teams that Boston has played in the past month (the Nats and Orioles) either swept them or took two of three. Once they play the quality teams, they will drift all the way down to the bottom of the AL East not upward.

    • Glenn - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      The ESPN standings give a percent chance of making the playoffs which includes strength of schedule among a look at other factors and advanced metrics. As of today, the Sox have a 53.4% chance of making the playoffs according to their methods. Tampa Bay is at 20.4% and Baltimore is at 15.1%.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      Craig, are you aware that you’re now a Red Sox homer?

    • Ari Collins - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      You can’t adjust THAT much for strength of schedule. And citing ATL and TOR as easy teams is the height of stupidity.

  8. astrosfan75956 - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Salty could have easily been chosen, 15 bombs on the year.

  9. Loose Changeup - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Orioles have 3 all stars and a possible (but improbable) 4th. Too bad Andino didn’t make it.

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