American League East Previews – Red Sox
9 February 2011
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Today’s focus: Boston Red Sox
The story for the Red Sox last season was injuries. When you have Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Jason Varitek, and Marco Scutaro all injured during the course of one season it definitely becomes tough to keep up in a division as talented as the American League East.
This year, if they can keep everyone healthy the Red Sox should be the team to beat. They have a great combination of speed and power, especially with the additions of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez. Moving Youkilis to third and bringing in Gonzalez at first will improve the offense, while losing Beltre at third will definitely be a liability in the field. Overall, still a plus for the Sox though. Additionally, bringing in former closer Bobby Jenks definitely helps to solidify the bullpen.
Notable Losses Include: Adrian Beltre
Notable Pick Ups: Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Bobby Jenks
The obvious weaknesses to focus on at this point are the question marks in their starting rotation. John Lester and Clay Buchholz will anchor the rotation, but John Lackey was up and down last season and Josh Beckett was clearly not his Cy Young self. I think we have seen about the best we can expect from Daisuke Matsuzaka, so the Sox are counting on Lackey and Beckett to be back in form. Assuming minimal improvement there, I see the Red Sox offense carrying them to another divisional crown.