Anyway you put it, this team is dangerous. The Red Sox do have a few obstacles they should pay attention to however.
The short stop position has not been filled successfully since the departure of Nomar Garciaparra. Jed Lowrie showed a lot of promise earlier this year before faltering and landing on the DL. Marco Scutaro isn't a franchise short stop, although you don't mind him as a back up. Is it possible that young Jose Iglesias is the answer for the club this year?
The bottom of the rotation has struggled as well.
A Cy Young candidate last year, Clay Buchholz has not put up numbers to his potential and recently been placed on the DL. If the Red Sox want a great rotation, Buchholz could be the key if he gets it going.
John Lackey has been utterly terrible every since arriving in Boston. Posting an ERA over 7.00 could land the once ace in the bullpen.
Right field is also a concern that should be looked into. J.D. Drew is someone who never lived up to his potential and this year he is showing why. Batting .232 to this point in the year, the injury plagued J.D. Drew is someone the Red Sox should look into replacing in the line up. Could one of the young outfield prospects the Red Sox have be ready to shine the the big leagues?
While these aren't issues that will keep them away from the World Series, they are the most complete team in baseball. A lot would have to go wrong for this team for them to miss October baseball, but things have been falling their way as of late.
Boston will bring a World Series trophy to Fenway for the third time in eight years in 2011.