Yeah, yeah, yeah, you can throw out all those predictions now — the unanimity of the projection systems; the consensus of the experts from ESPN, CBS, Sports Illustrated and Fox; even the consensus of the online statistical community — because the season has begun, and the Red Sox are in second place.
Not only that, but their game today is against a pitcher who posted a 0.86 ERA against them in three starts (21 innings) last season and has already forced the Sox to sit one of their vaunted left-handed hitters. C.J. Wilson has held all current Red Sox hitters to a collective line of .151/.244/.219.
Not only that, but they face the reigning American League champs, the club that has won the season series from Boston two straight years, winning 13 of 19 in that stretch.
Not only that, but because the game is against Texas, it's blacked out on espn3.com where I live, and I won't be near a TV to watch it. So, needless to say, this season isn't starting out all that great.
On the other hand, the Sox have the apparent 2011 Cy Young favorite on the mound, and he's no slouch either. Jon Lester has a 3-1 record and a 2.35 ERA against the Rangers in his last five starts dating back to 2008.
So, who knows, maybe the Red Sox will pull off a miracle and win this thing — and even have a pretty good season, too.