Following the Winter Meetings in December, the Red Sox were a shoe-in to win, or at the very least, be in the World Series. However, games still needed to be played, and after a 2-10 start, the Red Sox chances of making the Fall Classic seemed distant. But as the season wore on, they started playing like the team everyone expected, and the expectations started to be at an all-time high once again.
The Red Sox will make the playoffs, almost assuredly, barring major injuries. They will even make the American League Championship series, but they will not win.
If one team in the American League is equipped to beat the Red Sox, it is the Texas Rangers. With a stellar offense, good pitching and a dynamic bullpen, the Rangers are looking like a better team then they were last year when they went to the World Series.
The Rangers are playoff-tested and their offense just might be better then the Boston Red Sox. Their starting rotation has shut down the Red Sox this season, and once they get to their bullpen, the game is over. Texas picked up two lively arms at the back end of the bullpen to go along with Neftali Feliz whose stuff is seldom equaled.
The Red Sox are only in year one with this "super team" that they have assembled. There will be more chances in every other year they have this core group of players together, but unfortunately for Red Sox fans, this year just isn't the Red Sox year.