This first half of the Boston Red Sox 2012 season could be summed up using a variety of adjectives, but at the very least, this season has been uniquely frustrating. There have been plenty of highlights this season, but just as many, if not more, lowlights. We endured a lot of change in the off-season and some more during the regular season. There has been seemingly injury after injury resulting in, to my estimation, 22 DL stints and a whopping 44 different players getting playing time.

Among the many negatives of the first half of the season: the Red Sox are 4th in the AL East, trail 5 teams in the Wild Card race, have the third worst starting pitching ERA in the AL, have blown 11 saves (tied for 4th worst in the AL) and depending on the outcome of tonight’s game, they could be entering the Break a .500 team and 9.5 games out of first. As poorly as many things have gone, the team will be, at worst, only 3 games out of a playoff spot.

I asked 5 of our Bloodysox.com contributors to answer 5 simple questions about the first half of the season, and what to expect in the second half. So, I present to you the first ever Bloody Sox Round Table Discussion. Hope you enjoy!

David Ortiz and Will Middlebrooks

Ortiz and Middlebrooks have been two of the few bright spots for the 2012 Red Sox

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Hi there, Sox Fans! As you all know, we got this site running pretty quickly.  That being said, there was so much going on that we didn’t have a chance to create an article of our predictions for the upcoming season.  Keeping it simple this year, we decided to predict all 6 division winners, both wild cards, which four teams would play for the League Championship Series, which teams would then advance to the World Series, and who would be crowned champion at the end of the season!  To add a twist, we also took a stab at who we thought would win MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year in both leagues.  While today’s date is April 14th, all of these prediction (aside from our new member TJ, who was not a member when the list was created) were compiled by April 3rd, so at the time, the Nation was not in panic mode. Read more after the jump! Continue reading »

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