Boy, didn’t we all do a lot of spinning our wheels the last couple of months to end up right back where we started? Oh well, this was the best possible solution.
Papelbon has a chance to be the best closer in baseball this season. I don’t think any of us thought he’d be the best starting pitcher in baseball. So right there, the team has upgraded.
If you would have asked me yesterday who my favorite was to win the American League East, I would have said the Yankees. Today, I’d say the Red Sox, because they have eliminated what was far and away, their biggest question mark. Then again, the margin is not very big. I predict that the difference in the AL East this year is two games, maximum. It’s going to be wild.
Let’s not get all giddy here just because the Red Sox have a closer. There are still question marks. Can Jason Varitek still hit? Can Coco Crisp still hit? Can Dustin Pedroia play every day?
But it’s sure nice not to be trying to solve the bullpen dilemma anymore.