DiceK, Ortiz, Schilling, three big pieces to the Red Sox success have all gone down with injuries since the beginning of the season.
In Red Sox Nation, I'm sure that fans were panicking a little, wondering what the season would bring, but Francona, Epstein, and the Red Sox Front Office seemed not to worry as they were to rely on the prospects.
I could pick out all of the guys that have come up and helped, the once prospects now stars, who are producing for the Red Sox day in and day out, but I'm going to focus on one guy who in my eyes could be a huge piece to the Red Sox' future.
That kid is Justin Masterson who was called up earlier this year. He is 3-0 with a 2.59 era with 12 walks and 18 strikeouts.
We've seen Ellsbury, Lester, Pedroia, Papelbon, and Yooooouuuuukilis, become well known players in Boston and be players that anyone would take on their team. With the recent injuries to some of the key players on the team, we have seen these players step up and succeed at the big league level, and have some very clutch plays.
The Red Sox showed a great example last year when players got hurt or broke down later in the season, the young guns stepped up for the Sox and helped them to their second World Championship in 4 years.
This could be the key to every team's sucess, you need to have depth. Although it is early in the season, we shall see if these rookies will hold out and help the Sox with their success down the road hopefully to the playoffs.
The Bottom Line is, "It takes depth to win baseball games and championships."