A strange first half for Sox

Stats and trends show Boston getting it done the hard way

Updated: July 2, 2010, 10:47 AM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPN Stats and Information

Saturday marks the official midway point of the Boston Red Sox's season, as they take the field for their 81st game. Defined as much by injuries as it was by great performances, perhaps no first half in recent memory has caused such dramatic swings in expectations. It provided a slew of bizarre trends, unique numbers and eye-popping statistics.

First with the position players, let's dive into the numbers behind a roller-coaster first half.

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  • Paging Big Papi
    Tonight would be a good time for David Ortiz, who has nine home runs in 15 games at Target Field, to snap out of his 2-for-23 slump.