For Red Sox, Strong Showing In April Crucial To Success Of Season

March 30, 2014 10:00 AM
For Red Sox, Strong Showing In April Crucial To Success Of Season
" BOSTON (CBS) — One of the most misguided sentiments in baseball is that somehow, some way, the games mean more as the pennant races heat up. This is, very clearly, a logical impossibility, as a victory in April counts the same in the standings as a victory in June, July or September.

The reason the idea persists in newspaper columns, sports radio calls and the like is that in September, teams know what’s at stake in the race for a playoff spot, and therefore there’s an impression that a team is more “in control” of its situation, or something along those lines.

Last year, the Red Sox rendered their September schedule nearly meaningless, thanks in large part to their success in April. And if the Sox hope to end up where they did last October, they’ll need to come out of the gates scorching like last year.

The 2013 Red Sox, you’ll remember, began the season with almost zero expectations. Less than 10 percent of the expert predictions had the Red Sox even earning a wild-card berth, so when the team started the season 5-4, all seemed to be right with the world "

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