In response to mef429's comment:
In response to Alibiike's comment:
Up until the mega-deal last year, we were 9 games out of the WC with 35 games left. Still a chance to make the PS, albeit a slim one. So, unless management decides to blow up the roster again, and we are looking at .500 ball at the AS break again, don't count the Sox out.
The roster is pretty much cobbled together, but there are guys, Gomes, Vic, Dempster and now Sweeney, with something to prove. Like anything else, they have to believe in themselves. Heart is the one intangible that seems forgotten.
and you wanna talk about people with something to prove?? how about the underachievers who were on the roster last year?? Pedey, Ells, Lester, Buch, Bailey and Bard among others. Then you have guys like Drew and Lackey who are trying to re-establish their value. No one is expecting big things from us this year. This is the perfect preamble for some good baseball. No lofty expectations, NO Bobby V to make any situation worse and invite drama. Just Guys with grit and pride who are determined to break the conceptions people have of them. IDK about you guys but i'm glad we're low key this season. Looking forward to hearing about baseball and not secret text messages or dysfunction.
Valentine's negative influence aside, on what rational and logical basis do you expect significant improvement from most of those guys? Ells had a single very good year; thats unlikely to be repeated. Lester has lost velocity off his fastball and when that happens its rarely regained; Buchholtz has a long history of being unable to finish the season without missing a lot of time; Bard has gone off the deep end and shows no signs of returning to form. I do expect Bailey and Pedey to do better, but the rest of those guys? There is hope, but there is also reason. I HOPE they shine this year, but reason and logic tells me not to expect it.