The 2014 Red Sox might be 58-75 through 133 contests this season, and a playoff spot is way out of the picture with about a month to go in the regular season, but the team has a real chance to perform better than it did back in the Bobby Valentine era.
Through 133 games back in 2012, the Red Sox were 62-71 and were only a mere 14 games out of the AL East while also trailing the Wild Card by 12 games. In 2014, the Red Sox are 18 games out of the division and 14.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot. There was no second Wild Card in 2012, which means the Red Sox would have a 20.5 game deficit if those rules were still in effect.
Through the final 29 games, the Red Sox went 8-21 and lost 12 of their final 13 games to have their first losing season since 1997. The team went 78-84 that year.
The Red Sox played 22 of those contests against AL East opponents in a year that the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays all had a shot at making the postseason.
This year, the 2014 Red Sox have 22 games against the division remaining, but have a chance to play spoiler, especially to the Yankees who play the Red Sox six more times this season. The team currently needs just a 12-17 record the rest of the way to be a squad that is still better than the worst team in the new millennium for the Red Sox. However, if the team plays over .500, then it might have a shot at closer to 75 wins in a lost season.
There is always next year. Right?