So, Red Sox fans, take note:
In 2000, the MFY were 3-15 in their final 18 games. They won the WS. The team they beat in the ALDS, the Oakland A's. went 14-3 in their final 17 games.
The 2001 Seattle Mariners won 116 games, and were hot going into the post-season. They won 20 of their final 27 games. The M's lost in the ALCS to the MFY, a team that won 21 fewer games in the regular season. Incidentally, New York was 7-8-1 (yes there was a suspended tie game) in their final 16 games. By the way, Seattle only won 1 game in the 2001 ALCS.
The 2002 Angels lost 8 of their final 13 games. The 2002 MFY won 10 of their final 13 games. The Angels bounced New York in 4 games, on their way to the championship.
The 2006 Tigers went 10-13 down the stretch, losing their division lead. They lost the last 5 games of the season. They lost the WS to the Cardinals, a team that had a losing record after August 1st and won 3 of their final 13 regular season games.
The 2007 Sox finished the season 7-8. The Cleveland Indians won 11 of their final 16. The Sox beat them in the ALCS.
Those are just a few examples. All that matters is making the playoffs. Once there, anything can happen. Let's not do a post-mortem until the Sox are dead.
Keep the Faith, y'all.