If you look at Lackey's situation, he has had elbow issues for many years, even before he came to the Sox. He's in better shape and presumably healthy. TJ surgury often gives pithers another 2 mph or so on their fastball. Look at Tazawa, who has better stuff now than he had before the surgury and many other examples. My gut tells me that Lackey will be our big surprise this year. I'm hoping for comeback player of the year.
Is it just me though or do I just think I'm dreaming when I see some of the lineups and talent on other teams. Look at the Angels with Trout, Pujols and Hamilton in addition to some quality pitching. There are quite a few teams which have taken things to another level from all appearances.
Trout is probably the most exciting player I have seen in years. What a future that kid has. I hope he stays healthy. And you know what. I bet he is for real. That highlight catch we see so often on MLB Network is off the charts great.