A big Boston 'what-if'
If the 2010 Red Sox had been healthy, what does the AL East look like?
The Boston Red Sox are on pace to win 92 games this season. There are a lot of fans of the Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates and other organizations (including the AL East's Baltimore Orioles) who would gladly accept that as a season win total.
In Boston, it's a disappointment.
The story of the 2010 Sox, though, will always be injuries: Josh Beckett, winner of 49 games the previous three years, has a 6.50 ERA and a sore back. Jacoby Ellsbury has played in only 18 games this season due to fractured ribs suffered in a collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre. Dustin Pedroia, the 2008 AL MVP, has played in 75 games due to a broken foot. Kevin Youkilis and Victor Martinez have each had thumb problems that resulted in Youkilis' season ending in August, Martinez missing July, and perhaps scariest of all, Kevin Cash getting playing time.
When J.D. Drew is among the healthiest players on the roster, you know it's a weird season.
Right now, though, Boston still has an 11 percent chance to make the playoffs, which leads to this question: What would this AL East race look like if the Sox had stayed healthy?
For the full breakdown of a 2010 AL East race with the Sox healthy, you need to be an ESPN Insider.
MORE MLB HEADLINES
- Sources: Padres keep dealing, get J. Upton
- Yankees trade Prado to Miami, get P Eovaldi
- Giants fill Sandoval hole, trade for McGehee
- Report: Dodgers pass Yanks in owing most tax