Underperformance is the real issue

Easy to blame injuries, but stars not carrying their weight is bigger Sox problem

Updated: July 13, 2012, 7:30 PM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPNBoston.com

Just about nothing went as expected.

At 43-43, the Boston Red Sox have their worst record in the first half in 15 years. Boston went into the break at 38-48 in 1997. That's also the last season the Red Sox finished with a losing record.

On a team filled with high-priced stars, only one showed up in the first half. David Ortiz has been Boston's rock amid the choppy waves of injury and underperformance. He's on pace to break Ted Williams' club record for ...

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