The Sox have some young, decent pitching, that exceeded all reasonable expectations this year. But the realist must prepare for the possibility that some of the young pitchers may regress next year.
Things are less rosy in the lineup. Will DeAza build upon his strong first half? Or is more like the lesser second half player we saw? Will Beckham build on his September? Or will he remain inconsistent? Will we see the 2010/2012 Rios? Or the 2009/2011 version? First half Paulie? Or sore wrist second half Paulie? First half Dunn or second half Dunn? Can AJ maintain excellence at age 36? What about Viciedo? First half lousy Alexei, or strong second half Alexei? Who's on third?
The defense is fine, but how is it affected if we try to replace a fielder to upgrade the lineup?
The universe is the practical joke of the General at the expense of the Particular, quoth Frater Perdurabo, and laughed. The disciples nearest him wept, seeing the Universal Sorrow. Others laughed, seeing the Universal Joke. Others wept. Others laughed. Others wept because they couldn't see the Joke, and others laughed lest they should be thought not to see the Joke. But though FRATER laughed openly, he wept secretly; and really he neither laughed nor wept. Nor did he mean what he said.