What is your Boston Red Sox 2013 Predictions? Will they make the playoffs?

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    ESPN predicts the 2013 season Originally Published: March 30, 2013 AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Manny Acta,
    ESPN East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rangers, Rays
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Dodgers
    Wild cards: Braves, Giants
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Tigers over Nationals

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Stephania Bell,
    ESPN Fantasy East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rays, A's
    Champion: Blue Jays

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Cardinals
    West champ: Giants
    Wild card: Dodgers, Braves
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Blue Jays over Nationals

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Marty Bernoski,
    ESPN.com East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rangers, Rays
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Giants
    Wild card: Braves, Diamondbacks
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Tigers

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Aaron Boone,
    ESPN East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rangers, Royals
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Diamondbacks
    Wild cards: Braves, Giants
    Champion: Reds
    WORLD SERIES: Tigers over Reds

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Jim Bowden,
    ESPN Insider East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Orioles, Rangers
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Braves, Dodgers
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Tigers

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Dave Cameron,
    FanGraphs East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Rangers
    Wild cards: Rays, Angels
    Champion: Blue Jays

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Cardinals
    West champ: Diamondbacks
    Wild cards: Giants, Reds
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Blue Jays

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Jim Caple,
    ESPN.com East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rangers, Rays
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Braves
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Nationals, Dodgers
    Champion: Reds
    WORLD SERIES: Tigers over Reds

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Tristan Cockcroft,
    ESPN Fantasy East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Blue Jays, Rangers
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Dodgers
    Wild card: Braves, Giants
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Tigers over Nationals

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Alex Cora,
    ESPN East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Rangers
    Wild cards: Orioles, Angels
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Phillies, Cardinals
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Tigers over Nationals

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Jerry Crasnick,
    ESPN.com East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rangers, Rays
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Dodgers
    Wild cards: Braves, Giants
    Champion: Reds
    WORLD SERIES: Reds over Tigers

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Richard Durrett,
    ESPNDallas.com East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rangers, Yankees
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Dodgers
    Wild cards: Braves, Cardinals
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Tigers over Nationals

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Gordon Edes,
    ESPNBoston.com East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Rangers
    Wild cards: Blue Jays, Angels
    Champion: Rays

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Braves, Dodgers
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Rays

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Nomar Garciaparra,
    ESPN East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Yankees, A's
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Dodgers
    Wild cards: Cardinals, Giants
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Tigers over Nationals

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Pedro Gomez,
    ESPN East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: A's
    Wild cards: Rangers, Yankees
    Champion: Rays

     

    East champ: Braves
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Nationals, Cardinals
    Champion: Reds
    WORLD SERIES: Reds over Rays

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Carolina Guillen,
    ESPN Deportes East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rangers, Yankees
    Champion: Angels

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Dodgers
    Wild cards: Giants, Braves
    Champion: Dodgers
    WORLD SERIES: Angels over Dodgers

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Christina Kahrl,
    ESPN.com East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Blue Jays, A's
    Champion: Blue Jays

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Dodgers
    Wild cards: Braves, Giants
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Blue Jays

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Eric Karabell,
    ESPN Fantasy East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Yankees, Rangers
    Champion: Rays

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Cardinals
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Reds, Braves
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Rays over Nationals

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Molly Knight,
    ESPN The Magazine East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: A's, Rangers
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Dodgers
    Wild cards: Giants, Cardinals
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Tigers over Nationals

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Michael Knisley,
    ESPN.com East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rays, A's
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Dodgers
    Wild cards: Braves, Cardinals
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Tigers over Nationals

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE David Kull,
    ESPN.com East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: A's
    Wild cards: Angels, Blue Jays
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Cardinals
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Braves, Reds
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Tigers over Nationals

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Tim Kurkjian,
    ESPN East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: A's, Rangers
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Braves, Dodgers
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Tigers

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Andrew Marchand,
    ESPNNew York.com East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Orioles, A's
    Champion: Blue Jays

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Dodgers
    Wild cards: Braves, Giants
    Champion: Dodgers
    WORLD SERIES: Dodgers over Blue Jays

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE AJ Mass,
    ESPN Fantasy East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Red Sox, A's
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Dodgers
    Wild card: Diamondbacks, Braves
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Tigers over Nationals

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Joe McDonald,
    ESPNBoston.com East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Red Sox, A's
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Braves, Dodgers
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Tigers over Nationals

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Matt Meyers,
    ESPN.com East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rangers, Blue Jays
    Champion: Rays

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Dodgers, Braves
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Rays

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Doug Mittler,
    Rumor Central East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rangers, Blue Jays
    Champion: Angels

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Dodgers, Cardinals
    Champion: Reds
    WORLD SERIES: Reds over Angels

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Mark Mulder,
    ESPN East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Rangers
    Wild cards: Angels, Rays
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Braves
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Diamondbacks, Nationals
    Champion: Braves
    WORLD SERIES: Tigers over Braves

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Buster Olney,
    ESPN East champ: Orioles
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: A's
    Wild cards: Angels, Rangers
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Diamondbacks
    Wild cards: Giants, Braves
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Tigers

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Doug Padilla,
    ESPNChicago.com East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rangers, Blue Jays
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Braves, Dodgers
    Champion: Dodgers
    WORLD SERIES: Tigers over Dodgers

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Peter Pascarelli,
    ESPN Radio East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rangers, Indians
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Braves
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Dodgers, Nationals
    Champion: Reds
    WORLD SERIES: Tigers over Reds

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Karl Ravech,
    ESPN East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: A's
    Wild cards: Red Sox, Angels
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Braves
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Dodgers
    Wild cards: Phillies, Nationals
    Champion: Braves
    WORLD SERIES: Tigers over Braves

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Adam Rubin,
    ESPNNew York.com East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Rangers
    Wild cards: Blue Jays, Royals
    Champion: Rays

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Cardinals
    West champ: Diamondbacks
    Wild cards: Braves, Reds
    Champion: Braves
    WORLD SERIES: Rays over Braves

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Mark Saxon,
    ESPNLos Angeles.com East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: A's
    Wild cards: Angels, Blue Jays
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Cardinals
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Dodgers, Braves
    Champion: Braves
    WORLD SERIES: Tigers over Braves

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Curt Schilling,
    ESPN East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: A's, Blue Jays
    Champion: Angels

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Dodgers
    Wild cards: Braves, Giants
    Champion: Dodgers
    WORLD SERIES: Angels over Dodgers

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE David Schoenfield,
    ESPN.com East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: A's
    Wild cards: Angels, Red Sox
    Champion: Rays

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Diamondbacks
    Wild cards: Braves, Brewers
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Rays

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Jon Sciambi,
    ESPN East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rangers, Blue Jays
    Champion: Rays

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Cardinals
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Braves, Reds
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Rays

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Dan Shulman,
    ESPN East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rays, Rangers
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Braves, Cardinals
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Tigers

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Mark Simon,
    ESPN Stats & Information East champ: Yankees
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rays, Blue Jays
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Cardinals, Dodgers
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Tigers

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Jayson Stark,
    ESPN.com East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rangers, A's
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Dodgers
    Wild cards: Braves, Giants
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Tigers

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Rick Sutcliffe,
    ESPN East champ: Orioles
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: A's
    Wild cards: Rays, Angels
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Dodgers, Braves
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Tigers

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Matt Szefc,
    ESPN.com East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rangers, Rays
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Cardinals
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Braves, Dodgers
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Tigers

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Dan Szymborski,
    ESPN Insider East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rangers, Rays
    Champion: Angels

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Braves, Dodgers
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Angels

     

     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Pedro Zayas,
    ESPN Deportes East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rangers, Orioles
    Champion: Angels

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Dodgers
    Wild cards: Cardinals, Braves
    Champion: Nationals
    WORLD SERIES: Angels over Nationals
     
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    Steve Silva
    World Series I'd like to see:
    Indians vs. Cubs (a.k.a. Tito vs. Theo)
    World Series I think we'll see: Blue Jays over Reds
    ALCS prediction: Blue Jays over Tigers
    NLCS prediction: Reds over Nationals
    Red Sox in or out of playoffs? Out

    Gary Dzen
    World Series I'd like to see:
    Nationals vs. Orioles
    World Series I think we'll see: Angels over Nationals
    ALCS prediction: Angels over Tigers
    NLCS prediction: Nationals over Cardinals
    Red Sox in or out of playoffs? Out

    Chad Finn
    World Series I'd like to see:
    Red Sox vs. Dodgers
    World Series I think we'll see: Nationals over Angels
    ALCS prediction: Angels over Tigers
    NLCS prediction: Nationals over Reds
    Red Sox in or out of the playoffs? Out

    Zuri Berry
    World Series I'd like to see:
    Red Sox vs. Giants
    World Series I think we'll see: Giants over Angels
    ALCS prediction: Angels over Rangers
    NLCS prediction: Giants over Phillies
    Red Sox in or out of the playoffs? In

    Matt Pepin
    World Series I'd like to see:
    Angels vs. Dodgers
    World Series I think we'll see: Tigers over Nationals
    ALCS prediction: Tigers over Royals
    NLCS prediction: Nationals over Giants
    Red Sox in or out of playoffs? Out

    Eric Wilbur
    World Series I'd like to see:
    Pirates vs. Rays
    World Series I think we'll see: Nationals over Angels
    ALCS prediction: Angels over Blue Jays
    NLCS prediction: Nationals over Cardinals
    Red Sox in or out of playoffs? In

    Bobb Burgess
    World Series I'd like to see:
    Red Sox vs. Dodgers
    World Series I think we'll see: Nationals over Angels
    ALCS prediction: Angels over Tigers
    NLCS prediction: Nationals over Giants
    Red Sox in or out of playoffs: In.com Staff  April 1, 2013

     

     
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    SISeason Picks   Tom
    Verducci   East Central West Wild-Cards League Champions World Series
    Champion AL NL Manager Davey Johnson has managed this team before: the 1986 Mets. Like the '86 Mets, the Nationals are coming off a 98-win season, are loaded with young pitching, star players and a deep bullpen and expect to win. Washington has no obvious flaw.   Albert
    Chen   East Central West Wild-Cards League Champions World Series
    Champion AL NL I'll take the team with the clearest path to the postseason -- the Tigers still play in a mediocre division, and with Victor Martinez and Torii Hunter, are better than their flawed World Series team of a year ago. As long as they find a closer by the postseason, they'll be as dangerous as any team in October.   Ben
    Reiter   East Central West Wild-Cards League Champions World Series
    Champion AL NL The most financially lopsided World Series of all time -- LA's 2013 payroll could exceed Tampa Bay's by a factor of four -- will be won by the penny-pinchers. The Rays match the Dodgers in depth and quality of pitching (they could have seven above-average starters if you count Roberto Hernandez, eight if you count Fausto Carmona, which you shouldn't) but exceed them in fielding, versatility and relentlessness.   Joe
    Lemire   East Central West Wild Cards League Champs World Series
    Champion AL NL In baseball's new era of extraordinary parity, Washington stands alone as a possible superpower. The Nationals combine a good offense with a great 1-through-12 pitching staff that's suited to not only tally the most regular season wins again but this time -- thanks to its tri-aces of Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann -- emerge victorious in postseason play.   Jay
    Jaffe   East Central West Wild Cards League Champs World Series
    Champion AL NL The Nationals won more games than any other team in baseball last year, got better over the winter via the additions of centerfielder Denard Span and closer Rafael Soriano, and will get six months of Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg instead of five, not to mention full seasons from Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos. The bet here is that Davey Johnson atones for last year's slow hook of Drew Storen in the Division Series finale by penning a storybook ending to his managerial career, solidifying his Hall of Fame credentials.   Cliff
    Corcoran   East Central West Wild Cards League Champs World Series
    Champion AL NL The 2013 Tigers are a better team than last year's version, which won the pennant before being dominated in the World Series by the Giants' pitchers. By the time the Nationals get to the World Series, their young starting pitchers will be winded, and the improved Detroit offense, which upgraded from Delmon Young and Quintin Berry to Victor Martinez and Torii Hunter this winter, will be able to build on Justin Verlander's first representative World Series showing. In the end, the Tigers will become the first team to win the World Series the year after losing it since the 1989 A's.   Joe
    Sheehan   East Central West Wild Cards League Champs World Series
    Champion AL NL The best team in baseball actually wins the World Series this year, as the young, exciting Nationals let all their best players play in October this time. The Rays get to the Series on the work of their fantastic starting rotation but can't close the deal.  

     

     

     
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    If it is not too late to get my two cents in, I would like to declare right now the Sox are going to go another season without getting back to the playoffs. 

    Pitching was weak last year, and Lackey the lackluster is back.  Dempster is 4 or 5 guy at best.  Doubront didn't even come to spring training in shape. Lester will again be a loser, so with Buch.   Except for Hanrahan and Bailey, the bullpen is definitely a mixed bag although Miller might come around.  And what's that elderly Japanese guy doing there?  Uehara?  Good think we got Tazawa coming back.  Now that BArd is back in the bull pen, I think he'll be back on the big club by June at the latest. 

    The lineup looks like nothing to write home about.  Ortiz has the achilles problem and might not play too many games.  Napoli a catcher playing first base?  Give me a break.  Victorino has bounced around like nobody wants him.  Ellsbury couldn't hit last year and may never hit again.  Drew hasn't played a full season in years.  Iglesias has the good glove and the really awful bat.  Middlebrooks is back and a sure bet to anchor the lineup at cleanup.  With Ortiz out, I see Pedroia batting 3d.   Left field looks like a black hole, so I'll bet Farrell rotates guys, none of them any good, thru that slot. 

    69 wins last year with AGon for over half the year.  I figure 60 wins at best this year.  Farrell gone by midseason.  Ben C at the end of the season. 

    Is it too soon to start rooting for the Patriots? 

     
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      Fall Classic predictions from ESPN's MLB analysts, writers and commentators

     

     PREDICTIONWHY? Jim Bowden
    @JimBowdenESPNxm
    ESPN Insider
    in 7 "Boston Strong" and the quintet of Pedroia, Ellsbury, Ortiz, Lester and Buchholz will be the difference. Jim Caple
    @jimcaple
    ESPN.com
    in 6 Because I'm done underestimating St. Louis. Tristan H. Cockcroft
    @SultanofStat
    ESPN Fantasy
    in 7 Yes, home-field advantage actually matters in this one; it could be a sweep of home teams considering these teams' dominance at home. Jerry Crasnick
    @jcrasnick
    ESPN.com
    in 7 The Red Sox have beard power and "Boston Strong" karma, but I like St. Louis' power arms, the Yadier Molina effect and a deep St. Louis lineup that will be fortified by the addition of Allen Craig. Richard Durrett
    @espn_durrett
    ESPNDallas.com
    in 7 This should be a classic World Series, but I'll take the beards to win it by a hair at Fenway. Gordon Edes
    @GordonEdes
    ESPNBoston.com
    in 6 Unlike '67, the Cardinals don't ruin this possible dream. Doug Glanville
    @dougglanville
    Baseball Tonight
    in 7 Sticking to my original Cardinals pick. Pedro Gomez
    @pedrogomezESPN
    ESPN
    in 6 Too much pitching for the Red Sox. Eric Karabell
    @karabellespn
    ESPN Fantasy
    in 6 I had this matchup a few weeks ago, and still love the rookie pitchers -- and it's Beltran's time! Christina Kahrl
    @ChristinaKahrl
    ESPN.com
    in 6 This will be a tight, low-scoring series, but in the end I'll take the Red Sox's breadth of assets on offense as the key advantage that has them better equipped to exploit any mistake. Molly Knight
    @molly_knight
    ESPN The Magazine
    in 6 After watching the Sox hit two late-inning grand slams to tie or take the lead in the ALCS, I've come to believe they're a team of destiny. Michael Knisley
    @michaelknisley
    ESPN.com
    in 5 The Cards have the pitching edge in Games 1 and 2 in Boston, and the National League park edge in Games 3, 4 and 5. The Series won't go back to Fenway. David Kull
    @david_kull
    ESPN.com
    in 7 With Michael Wacha continuing to defy his age, the Cardinals will clip the beards. Tim Kurkjian
    @Kurkjian_ESPN
    ESPN The Magazine
    in 7 Their lineup is a little deeper, and their bullpen is ridiculously good. Tony Lee
    @tonylee_vt
    ESPNBoston.com
    in 6 Although Boston's lineup struggled at times against Detroit, it was the most consistent and relentless crew all season and presents a daunting challenge for a youthful, but impressive, St. Louis staff. Andrew Marchand
    @AndrewMarchand
    ESPNNewYork.com
    in 7 You can't predict baseball, but the Sox are a slightly more complete team. Joe McDonald
    @ESPNJoeyMac
    ESPNBoston.com
    in 6 This group has played with a certain identity the entire season, and it's translated into success; now that the Red Sox are four wins away from winning the World Series, it's only grown stronger. Matt Meyers
    @mtmeyers
    ESPN.com
    in 6 It was my pick at the start of the playoffs - against the A's, admittedly - so there is no sense changing it now. Buster Olney
    @Buster_ESPN
    ESPN The Magazine
    in 6 Their patient lineup will fare better against the Cardinals' power arms, and because their defense is better. Peter Pascarelli
    ESPN Radio
    in 7 The Red Sox win Series at Fenway on Halloween night. Priceless. Karl Ravech
    @karlravechespn
    Baseball Tonight
    in 7 The best World Series since 2001, with home field being the difference. Adam Rubin
    @AdamRubinESPN
    ESPNNewYork.com
    in 6 Carlos Beltran will be MVP. Mark Saxon
    @markasaxon
    ESPNLA.com
    in 7 If they can rough up Clayton Kershaw, they can score on anybody, and that young pitching is scary good. David Schoenfield
    @dschoenfield
    ESPN.com/SweetSpot
    in 6 Have to love the way Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha are pitching, and the Red Sox are unlikely to benefit from the same flaws the Tigers showed in the ALCS: bullpen and baserunning. Mark Simon
    @msimonespn
    ESPN Stats & Info
    in 6 Boston's offense will overwhelm the Cardinals ... even Michael Wacha. Jayson Stark
    @jaysonst
    ESPN.com
    in 6 The Cardinals have Yadi to negate the Red Sox's running game and the bullpen to prevent a repeat of Late Inning Grand Slam Theater, so I'll take the Cardinals (barely) in an awesome World Series. Matt Szefc
    @MattSzefc
    ESPN.com
    in 6 The Red Sox have the better bullpen and the deeper lineup.
     
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    Magic number is 3

     
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    I really believe they can get all the way to the World Series. 

     
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    The Sox magic number is two.

     
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    In response to 2004Idiot's comment:

    I’ll start by saying this team will win the World Series. Now we know that Pedro and Curt aren’t walking out onto the field. So who is taking over as the ace of the rotation? Mr. Jon Lester. Without Beckett, Jon will mature into a top of the rotation pitcher and be a Cy Young candidate. Following close behind will be Clay Buchholz who will have a solid year. Ryan Dempster and Jon Lackey will both pitch around .500 with an ERA under 4.50. But the big surprise is the mediocre season of Felix Doubront. Farrell and Cherington will both be frustrated by his inconsistency and he will be traded by the deadline. His replacement will be Allen Webster.

    Meanwhile the bullpen will be solid the entire year with sterling performances by Joel Hanrahan, Andrew Bailey Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara and Andrew Miller.

    With the return of David Ortiz in May the team’s lineup will become more productive on offense.

    Then two midseason call-ups will make this offense one of the best in the league. Jackie Bradley Jr. who will be tearing up the International League, becomes a mid-season replacement for Gomes in left field. Meanwhile Xander Bogaerts is called up to replace Stephen Drew.

    John Farrell goes into the playoffs with Lester/Buchholz/ Webster and Dempster as his starters.

    The Sox win the 2013 World Championship.



    The Sox magic number is one.

     
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    In response to 2004Idiot's comment:

    I’ll start by saying this team will win the World Series. Now we know that Pedro and Curt aren’t walking out onto the field. So who is taking over as the ace of the rotation? Mr. Jon Lester. Without Beckett, Jon will mature into a top of the rotation pitcher and be a Cy Young candidate. Following close behind will be Clay Buchholz who will have a solid year. Ryan Dempster and Jon Lackey will both pitch around .500 with an ERA under 4.50. But the big surprise is the mediocre season of Felix Doubront. Farrell and Cherington will both be frustrated by his inconsistency and he will be traded by the deadline. His replacement will be Allen Webster.

    Meanwhile the bullpen will be solid the entire year with sterling performances by Joel Hanrahan, Andrew Bailey Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara and Andrew Miller.

    With the return of David Ortiz in May the team’s lineup will become more productive on offense.

    Then two midseason call-ups will make this offense one of the best in the league. Jackie Bradley Jr. who will be tearing up the International League, becomes a mid-season replacement for Gomes in left field. Meanwhile Xander Bogaerts is called up to replace Stephen Drew.

    John Farrell goes into the playoffs with Lester/Buchholz/ Webster and Dempster as his starters.

    The Sox win the 2013 World Championship.




    Congratulations Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series Champions

     
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