The pitching on the other hand looks stacked. Lackey, Lester, and Beckett are as good a top three as you'll find anywhere. Manny Delcarmen and Daniel Bard will do well as the bridge to Jonathan Papelbon. Last year was Papelbon's worst season statistically, but I've read some things that indicate he's recommitted to working on his cutter. He relied too much on the fastball only in 2009. Of course, his worst season means a 1.85 ERA and 38 saves in 41 attempts. He just danced on the edge a little too often for me. This is a make or break season for Dice-K. Time to find out if he's a legit starter or a bust.
I read a lot about how the Sox have improved their defense. They may have some defensive upgrades (Adrian Beltre), but can anyone tell me what zone rating is!? As an observer, I don't think that Jason Bay was that bad in left. They tell me he cost the Sox a lot of runs. Maybe I was just used to Manny's buffoonery?
This will be a very different year for the Sox. Barring injury, they should win 90 games easily. I think the Sox brass will be looking to make a few more moves as the season moves on. I don't know who they could get, but another bat should be on their minds. In any event, it sure will be nice to come home from work, play outside with the boy, put him to bed, crack open a High Life, and turn on the Sox.