"But when you consider the competition, we knew from spring training [that] Boston was capable of this type of baseball," Showalter said. "Unfortunately the timing has been tough. There's not a huge margin, but at this level of play, things can snowball one way or the other. And people look at the big picture of it, and rightfully so, and it looks tough. But I don't get surprised by anything. I don't live in that world, try not to anyway."