Roche: Red Sox Season Will Come Down To Starters Stepping Up

July 12, 2012 12:00 AM
Roche: Red Sox Season Will Come Down To Starters Stepping Up
" BOSTON (CBS) – It’s been a long three months for the 2012 Boston Red Sox. As they get set to start the second half Friday night in Tampa, this team is pretty mediocre. Injuries and inconsistency can be blamed.

The Sox hit the All-Star break at 43-43, 9-1/2 games behind the first place Yankees in the AL East. Boston is 22-24 at Fenway and 21-19 on the road.

The good news is that there are two Wild Card spots up for grabs this season. And, the Sox are just 2-1/2 games behind Baltimore and the LA Angels for one of those.

The schedule is one of the biggest concerns for Boston coming out of that second half chute. The first 19 games are against teams that have a .500 or better record.

The Sox should be getting some reinforcements as they get going as Jacoby Ellsbury(Friday), Clay Buchholz(Saturday), and Carl Crawford(Monday) are expected to return. Dustin Pedroia, Andrew Bailey, and Daisuke Matsuzaka aren’t far behind "

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