Best recurring theme: Help from unexpected sources
Really, that's been just about the only rewarding aspect of following this team. Whether it was the outfield boost provided by Daniel Nava and journeyman Scott Podsednik, the early production of shortstop Mike Aviles, the emergence of Scott Atchison, Matt Albers, and Andrew Miller in the bullpen, or the recent arrival of infielder Pedro Ciriaco (seven hits in his first three games), the Sox have received plenty of help from the supposed supporting cast. Our favorite unexpected development? The three consecutive terrific starts by Franklin Morales, though that optimism was tempered by a rough start versus the Yankees his last time out.