Every team and every hitter goes through slumps. It's worth remembering this as the Sox, for the second time in a month, have let a not-insignificant lead disappear in a matter of days. The 2007 Red Sox took two weeks off — in August, no less — and decided to blow every game they could while the Yankees charged down their backs. (Of course, the 2006 Sox… well, never mind.)
With that in mind, it's still none too comforting that the Sox as a team are hitting .227/.319/.406 in July, or that only Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis have posted an OPS over .800 in that span.
Needless to say, it would behoove the boys in crimson hose to get back on track ASAP. It's not just a two-team league anymore, and Tampa's not far behind. Hopefully, Josh Beckett — who has excelled this year as The Stopper — will restore some sanity to this second half.