So get this ...
The 22-20 Red Sox are a half-game behind the Yankees in the American League wild card race and a half-game away from having the third-best record in the AL.
Only the Indians (26-14), Rays (25-18), Yankees (22-19) and Rangers (23-20) have a better record. Meanwhile the Sox have still given up more runs (186) than they have scored (182).
There's a chance, and maybe a pretty good one, that 88-90 wins could be enough to claim the wild card this season.
Back in April, we presented all manner of historical facts and figures that portended doom for any team that started 2-10. But 2011 may the season where such a terrible start proves to be merely a speed bump.