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Before the season started, it looked like the Red Sox were going to have two awesome 1-2 punches, one in Schilling and Beckett and the other in Papi in Man-Ram. They also had a new young closer in Jonathon Papelbon who looked very good in his limited work a year ago.
Keith picked them to go all the way while Richard and Eric each picked them to win their division. For the first few months of the season, the Bosox made these guys look like geniuses. Schilling and Beckett combined to go 15-4 with a 4.20 ERA, Papi and Manny combined to go .284/.480/.565, and Papelbon had saved 20 in a row with an ERA below 1.
This team was rolling, while the
Yankees were nursing their ailing injuries, the Red Sox were in the midst of 12
game winning streak. As of June 29th,
However, as you all know, the
season ends in September, not in July. Heading into the All Star game, the Sox
were slipping. They saw their lead drop in the
From July 31st to
August 16th, the day before Massacre II,
Just a few days ago,
To be honest, I really donít know what to look for next year. No one knows whether Beckettís season was just an abberation or whether thatís the way heís going to pitch for the rest of his career. Schilling will be yet another year older and Papelbon will have to prove he can be a successful starter in this league.
Also, if Papelbon
does indeed start, and does it well, theyíre not going to have a closer. This
could be a huge problem. The only closer that is going to be on the market
next year that I can think of is Francisco Cordero. Francisco has pitched well
since getting traded to
Offensively, barring injury,
theyíll still have the best 1-2 punch in Ortiz and Manny, Varitek
will look to have a bounce back year, and guys like Lowell, Loretta, and Youkilis should have a season on par with what they did
this past season. Coco Crisp has obviously been a huge disappointment with
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