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I am thinking about it more and more, and it makes a lot of sense for the Red Sox to go after a top-of-the-rotation arm in the offseason. At first when I heard the idea, I didn’t like it. They already have too many starters (when they’re all healthy) and need bullpen help and a catcher more. If they want to compete with the Yankees, though, they might need to upgrade the rotation. The Yankees could possibly sign CC Sabathia so the Red Sox need to be in on him, if nothing else to drive up the price. If the Yanks sign CC, and I think they will because they are so desparate that they’ll outbid anyone, the Red Sox need to counter. Ben Sheets, anyone? This is a good fit. It would give the Red Sox and better rotation again because they would be 5 deep. How could any team beat a top 5 of Josh Beckett-Ben Sheets-Jon Lester-Daisuke Matsuzaka-Tim Wakefield. That’s unstopable. They have a lot of injury risks, but have super prospect Clay Buchholz ready to step in ahould there be an injury. If they miss out on Sheets, they could go after a guy like AJ Burnett, and would still probably have a better rotation than the Yankees. The other good thing about adding a starter is that it makes Michael Bowden 100% available. That could help them get a catcher like Jarrod Saltalamacchia. They also have enough money to sign a reliever. I noticed I had not picked the Red Sox for many signings in my Top 50 Free Agents, but then again, their the Red Sox, they’ll be in the center of the action right with the Yankees.
Here is your top ten teams. I’m sorry I’m a day late. I was busy yesterday.
1. Cubs. The Cubs have easily taken over the Angels for the best team in the MLB. They have the better rotation, better lineup, even though the Angels have Mark Teixera, and a better bullpen. They are all around a better team and are the favorites to win the world series.
2. Angels. They are still holding strong at number 2. They haven’t fell because they have done bad, just because the Cubs have done better. This is still a very good team. They are still going to be a very tough team to beat in the playoffs.
3. Rays. Tampa Bay has been extraordinary this year. I almost moved them up into the second spot, but decided to move them up to three. They have continued to win even after losing Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria to injury. They have the best 1-2-3 in the AL, and a lights-out bullpen. If they could get hot hitting in the playoffs, this team could go a long way.
4. Brewers. The Brewers move up a spot mainly because the Red Sox are falling fast. They have scored a ton of runs in August, however, and the starting pitching remains phenominal. This is a team that has a decent chance at getting to the world series and a great chance at making the playoffs. If only they had a better defense and a better bullpen.
5. Red Sox. Despite their fall, they still land at number five. Their pitching will get healthy eventually. Bartolo Colon, gulp, is getting there, and could be the team’s fith starter untill Josh Beckett returns and maybe after if they decide to move Paul Byrd to the bullpen. What a great move by Theo Epstein to aquire Byrd. That man is a genious. When the pitching gets healthy, they might be able to go somewhere in the playoffs again this year. I think they will sneak past the Twins for the wild card, as I have said in my Predictions.
6. White Sox. This team is better than the Twins. They have the far better offense and a better bullpen. If it weren’t for their outfield defense, they’d be much better than they already are. They have to win this division, and if they do, they have a slight chance at going somewhere in the playoffs. It would be tough, but they could beat the unproven Rays, and if the Red Sox beat the Angels like they usually do, I could see The White Sox getting to the world series if they upset Boston.
7. Twins. The Twins are still where they were last month: right behind the White Sox and Red Sox. They have a very good team, but don’t have the offense to take this division. They could possibly get past Boston for the wild card, but I think they have a better chance at catching the White Sox. They’re really close right now, and all they have to do is keep on winning an they’ll make it there.
8. Phillies. They will win the division over the Mets, and are a better team than the D’Backs or Dodgers. They have the best combonation of hitting, starting pitching and bullpen between the remaining teams.
9. Diamond Backs. They sneak up into the top 10 this time. This is just a better all around team than the Dodgers. They move up to number 9 after being unranked.
10. Mets. This is not a great team, but they’re better than the Dodgers or Yankees, so they get the final spot of the top 10 teams. They still need to figure out the bullpen issues, but if they do that, they could beat out the Phillies for the eastern division.
The Red Sox were almost a lock for the playoffs 2 weeks ago, and had a legitamate shot to catch the Rays, but now are only a game over the Twins for the wild card, and 5 games back of the Rays. Their pitching has fallen appart because of injuries to Tim Wakefield and Josh Beckett. 2 weeks ago they had a ton of pitching depth and just got more with the Paul Byrd trade. I will repeate the saying again: “You can never have too much pitching.” I will be making my predictions very soon, on September 1, just like I said. I will not give away which team I think will win the wild card. You’ll have to wait untill September 1. I’m just stating how close the race has gotten and how fast it has happened.
I will also make some changes for other teams when I make my predictions, but you’ll have to wait untill then.