L W W L W
You can almost hear the inner voice of a typical Red Sox fan as those five games progress:
Damn, a loss right out of the gate ... Alright, a nice comeback to even things out, let's look forward ... Hey! Two in a row, now we're talking, look out AL! ... Shit, back to .500, wtf is Tito doing? ... Okay, we salvaged that rubber game, but these guys better get their asses in gear -- (and in this pattern, there will be a loss -- and subsequent moaning and groaning -- the next night)
But if the Red Sox repeated this pattern for an entire year, they would almost always win the AL East. Winning 3 out of every 5 games is a .600 winning percentage -- good for 97 wins over the course of a season.
Right now, Boston is 50-33, a .602 winning percentage.
A team is never as good as they seem when they are on a 10-2 run and they are never as bad as they appear during a 7-game losing streak. It may be a cliche, but it's absolutely true.
While I understand some complaining after a loss, and I feel some frustration when a good player is in a slump, I also know, from more than three decades of watching baseball, that slumps end and even the best team in baseball will lose 2 games for every 3 they win.