Nine games into a season that hasn't quite gone the way we expected thus far, the Boston Red Sox are 2-7. That's not good, but it seems like there's a better way to look at this (aside from Dustin Pedroia's salient point that four games out with 153 to go isn't actually that bad a situation to be in):
Through five games, the Red Sox went 0-5, and they were outscored 37-16. They got a little unlucky, in that they scored enough in the first two games to tie or win their last two games in that stretch. They probably played "well" enough to be a 1-4 team.
In the next four games, the Red Sox went 2-2 and outscored the opposition, 17-16. With one of those games being a 1-0 defeat, the Sox could just as easily have gone 3-1.
The Red Sox are 2-7. Pythag says they are more like a 3-6 team. A little better luck, and they would be 4-5.
In any event, the turnaround appears to have begun. Since Jon Lester started the second run through the rotation, the Red Sox are a .500 ballclub. That's better than literally nothing.