They are still playing great baseball and are one of the best teams in the AL. I think they will definitely make the playoffs despite their injuries. They have a good second-string outfield and have Varitek to back up Martinez and still have a pretty solid rotation without Beckett and Bucholtz.
AND THE GUY ABOVE ME, THE YANKEES ARE THE KINGS OF USING STEROIDS. A-ROID, GIAMBI, CLEMENS, PETTITE. THE LIST GOES ON. AND PEDROIA IS NOT HITTING 40 HRS YOU IDIOT. HE IS LIKE 5 FT 8. AND CANO WILL NEVER BE BETTER THAN PEDROIA UNTIL HE WINS THE AL MVP. And Cabrera is going to win the AL MVP this year.
dont worry PEDroid WILL USE HGH
Since we're fans we're allowed to freak out and panic, unlike the team, who has to rationally think this through and still battle it out. But I was thinking about this earlier today and I forced myself to think positively -- maybe they can get through this. Buchholz isn't seriously hurt, with all these off-days his next start could be pushed up till July 6th, but still, we're pretty sure he'll be okay. As tough as it will be without V-Mart they're extremely fortunate to have Tek. They still need another catcher, esp. to catch Wakefield, and just so happens two of their catching prospects are on the DL (seriously is there a plague going through the organization or something?) So they may have to make a move there, but thank god for Tek at least. Pedroia's injury is without a doubt the one that hurts the most. It looks like they'll use Billy Hall and the guy Patterson they just acquired at 2B - it works out for them actually, righty/lefty, so they can platoon the guys. I think Ellsbury and Beckett should be back a little after the All-Star Break (hopefully) and will definitely help.
Unfortunately they WILL be without their number 1, 2 and 3 hitters in the line-up, among others, but they can get through it. I mean Pedey was going through a slump in May and the Sox were still winning - it'll be tough, but it's not impossible. Beltre & Youk need to continue to deliver, the pitching needs to stay strong, everyone needs to contribute, and then I think they will be able to stay in the pennant race.
And if they do, Tito deserves a medal or something. Seriously.
It sucks but other than making some minor trades for utility guys like Patterson I don't see what they can do. Pedroia, Martinez, Ellsbury and Beckett are obviously going to start fulltime when they get back from the DL so anyone they trade for is going to be a bench player once the guy he is filling in for gets back. No use giving up good prospects for a guy who is only going to be an every-day player for a limited time.
It's pretty discouraging, especially right after they fought to get themselves back in the race but I just hope guys like MacDonald and Nava can continue to play well and the Sox can weather the storm until the regular guys get healthy.
there's been rumors for OF depth with kosuke fukudome and david dejesus. but for dejesus, the royals want jose iglesias which we're not willing to part with. i have a feeling we'll stay put, we might make a major move at the trading deadline seeing as we always do.
A trade might not be a bad idea for the Red Sox, depending on the depth that they have. Right now it looks like they have a decent guy at second (Eric Patterson), and they're showing their depth right now with their pitchers and their outfielders. But it seems pretty clear to me that they might need to make a move to bolster their depth a bit. The Red Sox can tread water in the six weeks that Pedroia is out, but it might be risky considering how delicate their position in the AL East is right now.
Not much you can do except play through it. Injuries hurt contending teams all the time. You just gotta have strength (and good managering) to fight it off so you can stay in contending.
make a trade! They need some more depth