MLB midseason roundup: Red Sox headline biggest first-half disappointments

Mark TownsendYahoo Sports Contributor

For most MLB teams, a 49-41 first half would be considered a success.

The Boston Red Sox are not most teams.

The defending World Series champions entered the season with high expectations again, but have a tough road ahead of them to secure a postseason berth this season.

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Yahoo Sports' Hannah Keyser and Tim Brown are here to explain why that makes the Red Sox one of MLB's biggest disappointments during the first half, why catching the New York Yankees is unlikely and what they'll need to do to secure a return to the postseason.

Rest assured though, this isn't a Boston bash party. Our crew delves into a few others first-half disappointments, which include an entirely underwhelming division race and a pair of big ticket free agents who were noticeably absent from the All-Star Game in Cleveland.

We don't think you need any hints there.

What do these disappointments mean going into the second half?

How could they potentially impact the trade market?

Hannah and Tim have you covered.

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