National pundits aren’t giving Boston much of a shot following the offseason overhaul, courtesy of that famous September collapse.
It’s a mixed bag with this group. Some see October baseball, others see a season full of drama and Bobby Valentine antics. And Toucher and Rich… well, no one really knows what they think.
Here is where everyone stands on opening day, with 162 games left to play:
Plenty Of Potential
I think the Red Sox will be right in the thick of things in 2012, however it may be a battle for them to capture a playoff spot. Their core is solid: Gonzalez, Pedroia, Ellsbury, Youkilis, Ortiz, etc lead a solid offense that will score runs. When Crawford returns they should also get a nice boost.
On defense, they should be above average with an outstanding infield and a capable outfield. Saltalamacchia is improving at catcher while Shoppach is very solid.
Read: Dan Roche’s 2012 Season Preview
The big question mark remains pitching "
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