I don't know if it will be a lost season but it will be another dog fight like last year. Lester will be better this year, clay will be back, crawford will definitely have a better year, and lackey won't be pitching (should help a lot). You guys arent in that bad of shaPe.
I am sure you know all this though and were being a bit sarcastic/dramatic lol
I was being overdramatic, but at the same time, anyone fully expecting the Red Sox to make the playoffs could be pretty disappointed.
Buchholz is coming off a stress fracture in his back. Beckett is as inconsistent as they come, its usually one good year, one bad year. The 4th and 5th starter options are Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves, Aaron Cook, Tim Wakefield, Andrew Miller, Carlos Silva and Vicente Padilla.
They're going into the season with Ryan Sweeney, Darnell McDonald and Nick Punto in right field until god knows when Ryan Kalish (unproven, injury prone rookie) comes back.
I mean, obviously they still have Lester, Agon, Pedroia, Youk, Crawford, Ortiz and Ellsbury, plus Melancon and Bailey but even with those guys there's doubts. Youk's had a lot of trouble staying healthy lately, Crawford could just as well struggle again and we can't expect the same Ellsbury as last year.
I don't know, I know I'm being overly dramatic, and that's fine to disagree with, but I'm not sure if its going to be enough against the Rays or even the Blue Jays this year. I really wish the Sox would go into the luxury tax to grab a fourth starter like Oswalt.
Hopefully I'll be wrong and Buchholz and Youk will be fully healthy all year, Ellsbury will be an MVP candidate again, Bard and Aceves will be stellar all year as starters, Kalish will come back right away and be the future at RF and Crawford can regain his Tampa form, but that seems like a lot of Peter Gammons ifs.