Last night the Red Sox played their 81st game, so they are exactly halfway through the season with a record of 49-32. Now considering they had to go to Japan, have had nearly everyone on the DL at some point, got in a brawl, and had the D-backs, Phillies, and Cardinals, (3 playoff teams) in stupid interleague play I would say the Sox have had a good first half. They are in 1st place and on pace to win 95-100 games, which should get them in the playoffs. They will slump alittle in August like they always do, the Yankees will go 24-5 in August like they always do and once again there will be a battle for the division and hopefully a 7 game series in the ALCS.
In the second half the Sox need to worry about getting and staying healthy and getting some middle relief help either on the trading market or have someone in the bullpen already set it up. I am looking at you Craig Hansen. Last night was awful, but last Sunday you were great, what's the deal? Are you going to throw the slider for strikes or not? The Sox should be fine and I look forward to the second half.
As far as the rest of baseball, I don't see anyone coming out of no where and getting into the playoffs. NL: Phillies, Cubs, Cards, D-Backs. AL: Sox, Yanks, White Sox, Angels. Any thoughts?