this is not the same team that won and we need to honestly recognize that the collective losses of Ellsbury, Drew, and Saltalamacchia have had a greater impact than people expected.
The 2007 team was "not the same team" as the 2004 either.
Look, I'm not trying to say there no chance this team only wins 75-80 games, That could happen, but I think making rash judgments based on 1/7th of a season is not reasonable.
We still have a very good team on paper, despite the loss of Ellsbury, Drew and Salty. We gained Bogey, AJP, Sizemore, Mujica, Badenhop and Capuano. We have some kids ready to step in if needed.
There's still a very good chance this team gels and seriously competes for a ring. In my opinion, there's much less chance we don't compete this year. Just look at all the weaknesses on the other 29 teams. They will hit some rough patches. and we will hit some good stretches.