Here's the biggest fallacy of the 2012 Red Sox season: It's all, or even mostly, the fault of Jon Lester and Josh Beckett.

It's the easiest way to explain the team's place in the standings, to cite the team's record in games started by the pair (16-27) and note that if the Red Sox had won even 60 percent of those starts -- a valid expectation given their top-of-the-rotation status -- the Sox would be challenging the Yankees for the lead in the American League East.