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Playing Pepper 2013: Boston Red Sox (Part 2)

Posted on February 23, 2013 at 2:15 PM
Filed Under: Boston Red Sox | Playing Pepper
For the fifth straight year, Playing Pepper returns to C70 At The Bat.  If you aren't aware, this series helps get a feel for the other 29 teams in baseball by asking those that follow them the closest--their bloggers.  We've got spring training action going, so it's time to play a little pepper.  

Boston Red Sox
69-93, fifth in the AL East

We looked at the Red Sox earlier in the week, but due to real life constraints I had a blogger that wanted to participate but couldn't get his responses to me before the post went to print.  It's a credit to him that he still wanted to spend the time to get his answers in.

You may remember Peter Schiller and his Baseball Reflections site from when I occasionally contributed Cardinal writings over there a few years back.  Peter and I have stayed in touch (he republished my Stan Musial piece over there after Stan's passing) and, knowing how big of a Red Sox fan that he is, I wanted to make sure he got his two cents in.  Find Peter @BbalReflections and see his responses below.

C70: How would you grade the offseason?

BR: A "B"; but I like what they seem to be trying to do. It seems like they're taking a page out of the Patriots book by going after good clubhouse players rather than just the best guys on the market.

C70: What are the expectations for this club throughout the fan base, besides much less drama than the last couple of years?

BR: The best anyone within reason is giving the club is possibly a second wild card slot. Maybe 88 or so wins.

C70: Who do you expect to be the most pleasant surprise to be for the coming year?

BR: The defense of Shane Victorino in RF, but that's only because most Boston fans (in my opinion) underestimate his defense even though he's a gold glover. He's a perfect fit for Boston (a Trot Nixon with less power, more speed & a better arm). He's a dirt dog!

C70: What rookie will make the biggest impact in 2013?


C70: What will be the final record of the team and where will they finish in the division?

BR: 88 - 74; Third in the AL East.

C70: What one thing from your team are you looking forward to watching?

BR: The re-emergence of Jon Lester as a top pitcher in the AL and in the top 5 in Ks.

My thanks to Peter for taking time out to respond and our best wishes for an exciting 2013!
  
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