Yankees - Red Sox -
CC Sabathia / Daniel Bard
4.5 GB with 148 games remaining. Yesterday's game was a wallop to reasoned perspective, but I still believe that deficit can be overcome.
On May 7, 2011, the Red Sox were 14-18, in last place. Only three weeks later, on May 28, they were 29-22, in sole possession of first. That has zero predictive value for 2012, so feel free to ignore it. But it does show that a turnaround can happen, and happen quickly. This is not a .286 team - which works out to a 46-116 record. (Good old Cool Standings projects the Red Sox to finish at 76-86, with a 21.1% chance at making the playoffs.)
After today's game, the schedule for the next three weeks gets easier: Twins, White Sox, A's, Orioles, Royals, Cleveland, and Mariners. The wins will come. I guarantee it.