The key to Boston’s success in 2009 is their ability to stay healthy. After an offseason that saw them add onto what is already a stellar bullpen, one can only expect to see the Sox playing baseball in October again.
The Red Sox brought in Ramon Ramirez, Rocco Baldelli, Takashi Saito, Wes Littleton, and Junichi Tazawa to add to what is one of the best rosters in all of baseball. Baldelli should help fill the void left with the departure of Coco Crisp, and Ramirez and Saito will add to what is arguably the best bullpen in the league.
The one "problem" the Red Sox have is too much pitching, which is never a bad thing. A stacked rotation will allow them to bring Tazawa along at a comfortable pace, as well as let young pitching prospects Michael Bowden and Clay Buchholz gain some seasoning in the minors.
As long as J.D. Drew and David Ortiz are able to contribute at the level that they have the ability to, the Red Sox should be able to win upwards of 95-100 games.
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