Tampa Bay Rays defeat Boston Red Sox, 14-5

Before this season started, there appeared to be some assumptions regarding the Red Sox.

The pitching staff would be excellent, both the starting rotation and the bullpen, with the offense (sans Mark Teixeira) lagging behind. That pitching was what would vault the team to the top of the American League East, on its way to a World Series berth.

That hasn't been the case. The Sox' offense, led by the dynamic duo of Kevin Youkilis and Jason Bay, has been outstanding. It ha...