The Boston Red Sox started the following players in their starting lineup for Friday night’s game against the Rangers: Eric Patterson (only 144 total games over six years), Daniel Nava (27-year-old with career 25 ML games), Bill Hall (hasn’t played more than 130 games in a season since 2007), Kevin Cash (career .185 hitter) and Felix Doubront (three career appearances) was on the mound for Boston.

Who in the hell are these guys?

OK, Hall has actually had success in the majors, but the rest are either rookies or minor league journey men like Nava. I’m not sure how much how more this team can overcome. With their recent rash of injuries this year and the success of the Yankees and Rays, the Sox could be looking at their first year away from the playoffs since 2006.

Boston’s current disabled list reads like a solid All-Star roster that includes Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jeremy Hermida, Mike Lowell, Victor Martinez, Dustin Pedroia and Jason Varitek. Five former All-Stars…that’s difficult to get around for any team.

They promptly have started the second half 0-2 to the hands of Texas in Fenway, and I’m not sure how they can continue to stay in the AL East pennant race unless someone (besides Ortiz, Beltre and Youkilis) steps up majorly or they start getting healthy very soon. If they do end up making the playoffs, it could be an amazing accomplishment given their current lineup in mid-July.

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