Those who shied away from predicting that the Red Sox would win 100 games cited the fact that the American League East was just too loaded for that. There would be 72 games against four solid teams, and very few of them would be easy.
But if you glance at the division standings just over two weeks into the season, you realize how difficult it is to predict such things. Not only are the Red Sox in the midst of one of the worst starts in team history, but those above them are not doing anything to make anyone forget the 1984 Detroit Tigers, perhaps the best AL East team since divisional play began in 1969. Entering Monday, only the AL East and the six-team NL Central have as many as four teams with losing records.
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