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Red Sox Fans Will Hate ESPN's First-Half Grades

Larry Rupp
Boston Red Sox fans will hate ESPN's first-half grades.
Boston Red Sox fans will hate ESPN's first-half grades. / AP Photos/Frank Franklin II

The 2022 MLB season has crossed the midway mark and it's starting to become clear which teams are contenders and which teams are pretenders. The Boston Red Sox came alive in June after a slow start and remain in the thick of the Wild Card race, but their fans will hate ESPN's first-half grades.

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David Schoenfield gave the Red Sox a D+, which is the worst grade among AL East teams. He cites Boston's injuries issues as the main reason why they would not be in the playoffs if the season ended today. Also, a 4-10 stretch against the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees in July didn't help.

The Red Sox cannot stay healthy on the mound this season as Nathan Eovaldi, Chris Sale, Michael Wacha and Rich Hill have all missed action at some point. Sale has just made his return to the majors before being hit by a line drive on his pinkie Sunday. He is expected to be out for four to six weeks.

Boston hasn't been able to fight through those injuries, pitching to a 4.04 ERA on the year (No. 20 in MLB). On the bright side, the Red Sox haven't lost a step at the plate. Huge seasons from All-Stars Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts have helped the team average 4.62 runs per game (No. 7 in MLB).

All things considered, the Red Sox only sit 2.0 games back of the final AL Wild Card spot with a 48-45 record. They still have a chance to surprise people with a bounce back second half. For now, Boston has odds set at +5000 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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