In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to craze4sox's comment:
In response to Promise4you2's comment:
I have to admit, I did not like the off season signings when they were made. I was all for playing the kids and moving on. Now however I suddenly have a good feeling about this team. The starters do have the possibility of having real #1 & #2's in in Lest and Buch. I also think Lackey has something to prove and he will. Doubby should be fine and win his 12-14 games. The starters are actually pretty deep.
You never know what will happen with the pen, but this one looks strong and deep, especially if Bard makes a comeback.
Im liking the infield alot, again plenty of depth. i believe the addition of some older stable ball players in the outfield will help immensly with the growth of the sox. If this team stays healthy they could make a run.
Best part, we lost no kids in developing this team.
A complete reversal in my thought process from the past winter, but then again signs of spring and my Sox do this to me!
I predicted 88 wins Promise even after voicing all my concerns. I agree with Joe, we are deep without injuries and the correct lefty/righty swaps. Injuries to key players, or our platoon guys is like playing with one arm on this team because the talent doesn't run deep.
May I ask why some of us seem to be betting that the injury bug will pass us by? We are not a young team. We have several players with serious health issues (Naps, Papi, Buch) and a few players with recent histories of extended missed time.
I'm not one of those people who think that because we flipped tails 5 straight times the odds for flipping a head improves: it doesn't.
It's still 50-50.
Yes, it's hard to imagine we get hurt as much as 2012 or even 2011, but if we have the average amount of injuries, several weaknesses will be exposed. I do like our depth better this year, but last year some of our subs actually did pretty darn good...
Cody Ross was envisioned as a platoon OF'er who maybe only played vs LHPs. He ended up 3rd in PAs and SLG%.
Shoppach did fantastic (.798 OPS).
Ciriaco (.293) & Podsednik (.302).
Nava (.352 OBP was 2nd best on the team and 25 pts higher than all but 3 guys!)
I think theres only one answer moon, we are sox fans who all hope it will finally be different.
GREAT answer craze!