For all the flaws and failings of the 2012 Boston Red Sox, there were some good points.
One of these was the continued potency of the offense. The last few weeks saw the numbers fall away dramatically as the team was mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, but overall they fared very well.
The pathetic ending to the season, which saw the Sox go 7-25 and score only three runs per game, dropped them to ninth in the major leagues in runs scored, but there were positive signs from 2012.
Incidentally, that ranking of ninth was second only to the Brewers among teams with a losing record.
David Ortiz, who was having another great year before injuring his ankle on a home-run trot, was the easily team's greatest offensive threat. Cody Ross was a surprisingly good offseason addition, hitting .267 with 22 home runs.
Will Middlebrooks arrived from the minor leagues with a bang, Dustin Pedroia continued to be an upper-echelon second baseman and when he wasn't striking out, Jarrod Saltalamacchia flashed some power with a team-best 25 homers.
Get those players back healthy, add in Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli in place of bit-part outfielders and either Salty or Kelly Shoppach, and you have a potentially impressive lineup.