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The All Star break has almost arrived and RedSox Nation has a reason to be hopeful again. The Sox are in good position to make a second half run and capture the AL East in back to back seasons for the first time. The reason for optimism is the excellent starting pitching. When David Ortiz returns it will add new life into the offense and should result in more wins. Thanks to the great scouting, the Sox have developed Yuke, Pedroia, Ellsbury, Paplebon,. Lester, Masterson,Buckholtz, Delcarmon and Moss.  And there are more young arms in the minors that look very good! That is an impressive bunch of young talent in a short period of time! With a starting 5 of Beckett, Lester, Dice-K, Buckholtz and Wake Sox fans can expect many solid pitching performances and this is a very formidable rotation for another run in the playoffs. The bullpen has been the weak spot, but at times has looked good. so far the pen has lost 16 decisions, only 2 less than all of 2007. So as a stop-gap they are sending Masterson to the Pawsox to learn the reliever trade. He seems like a mentally tough kid and good be very valuable to shore up the pen. I expect the Yanks and Rays to hang right there with the Sox , but September brings the Sox to Fenway for 17 games where the Sox boast a 34-10 record so far. I think the schedule and good starting pitching will result in another division title. Yanks or Rays could easily grab the wildcard, as I think the AL Central will beat each other up and lower some of their records. Sean Casey could also be a big contributor in the second half allowing Papi, Yuke and Lowell to rest without missing a beat on offense. They could use a hard throwing lefty reliever to replace Lopez but I would not trade a top prospect like Lowry or Bowden to do so. Using Lowry and benching Lugo and his infield ground outs might also be a good plan.

 

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