1) Starting pitcher with 200-plus innings pitched and an ERA below 3.45?
Despite a strong second half from Jon Lester, he would need to pitch 13.2 scoreless innings in his final start of the season to get his ERA down to 3.45. If he doesn't pull off that slightly unlikely feat and if John Lackey fails to go 17 innings in his next start to reach the 200-inning plateau, the Red Sox will not meet this criterion.
2) Candidate for a top seven finish in AL MVP?
Koji Uehara, Shane Victorino, David Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury all have an outside chance of finishing shortly behind Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout and Chris Davis in the AL MVP race. Let's just assume that one of them makes it, and chalk this one up as a win on Boston's docket.
3) Batter with at least 99 RBI and an average of .283 or better?
Ortiz is currently batting .307 with 98 RBI, so as longs as he drives in one more run in the final week of the season, this is another win for the Red Sox.
4) Catcher widely regarded as a crucial member of the team?
This one is extremely debatable, but I'm saying yes. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is batting above .235 for the first time in five seasons and is setting career highs in plate appearances, runs, RBI and WAR.
He's not going to receive a single vote for AL MVP, but I sincerely doubt that the Red Sox would be on the verge of winning 100 games without Salty in the lineup on a regular basis.
They definitely aren't reaching the pitching criterion, and the MVP and catcher arguments are questionable at best. Still, the Red Sox will have home-field advantage for as long as they last in the playoffs and might just now be the healthiest that they have been all year.