If you told the Boston Red Sox before last season began that they would have a few key injuries and that they would not win it all, they probably would have believed you. If you told them they would finish with a whopping 93 losses, you might get a slightly different reaction. That is exactly what they did, though. As they get into early action in Spring Training, the Red Sox expect more from themselves this season.
David Ortiz finally doesn’t have to worry about his Achilles as he is fully healthy. He and several other Red Sox players were very vocal about how much better they can play and must play in order to get better results in the upcoming season. In order to help achieve a better outcome, the front office signed a little help from the free agent market. Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino and Steven Drew will be expected to do their part helping out offensively. More important than that will be the play of the additions to the pitching staff: Ryan Dempster and Joel Hanrahan.
The starting staff has no choice but to deliver better results than in 2012. Dempster needs to produce as well as he has in recent years with the Chicago Cubs. If the rest of the rotation can return to their respective good form, the bullpen should be able to bring home the close games. Hanrahan as closer will solidify and deepen the pen to the point where they should be one of the more effective in the American League. All systems will need improvement over 2012 if they expect a different result.