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Red Sox Win it All.
This team has made leaps and bounds for their 2010 form, and I think will be hoisting the World Series Trophy this fall. Last year was riddled with injury after injury. It is hard to compete when your two best offensive players (Pedroia and Youkilis) are lost for the year, along with a rising star in Jacoby Ellsbury. Couple that with the loss of Clay Buchholz after he hurt himself running the bases, and you have a recipe for disaster. Even with all the injuries, a down season from both John Lackey and Jonathon Papelbon, and constant changes throughout the lineup, the Sox still managed an 89 win season, and were poised fro a big offseason.
When Red Sox fans saw that the team traded for Adrian Gonzalez, they thought the offseason couldn't get any better. But when you see the club also signed Carl Crawford, the street of Beantown were filled with cheers and every person you passed was smiling from ear to ear. This gave the Red Sox a lineup where their projected top 6 batters being Ellsbury, Pedroia, Crawford, Gonzalez, Youkilis, and Ortiz. There is not team that can come close to that speed, power, and sheer run producing ability. If you look at the Red Sox's pitching, it could just as easily carry them if their offense has an off day (days which will be few and far between). Jon Lester could be a No. 1 starter for any team in baseball, Clay Buchholz could easily win 18-20 games, and bounce back seasons from Lackey, Beckett, and Dice-K give them one of the best rotations in baseball. The Sox also did a great job of bolstering their bullpen, adding Bobby Jenks and keeping the firearms of Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon. The club has the total package, and they are my pick to win it all.