The team opened the season against the New York Yankees. A Boston/New York series is always hyped and always looked forward to, but this one was likely the most hyped matchup in baseball history. After the two teams provided an epic battle in the '04 postseason, fans had several months worth of off-season to count down to the rematch. Boston lost 2 of the 3 games.
Curt Schilling began the season on the DL and never looked the same in his return. He was almost no help to the team. Keith Foulke wasn't the same man that he was a year ago. He spent a lot of time on the DL and wasn't effective when he was pitching. Without those two to anchor the staff, the team's pitching, especially the bullpen, was horrible. The Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and Kansas City Royals were the only AL teams to allow more runs than the Red Sox. Their starters were good at times, but often inconsistent and couldn't be counted on. Matt Clement, an all-star, fell apart after the All-Star break. Wade Miller never got healthy. David Wells took the mound 30 times, but you never knew what you were going to get. Tim Wakefield, the inconsistent knuckler, was the team's best starter, finishing the year with a 4.15 ERA and 16 wins.