If we load up on pitching in the off season I really think we have a chance at the playoffs next year. We have the money to spend. Kuroda and Sanchez would really solidify the rotation and chances are the lineup can make a comeback if we get any sort of health next year. Middlebrooks, Ortiz, Pedroia, Ellsbury all can potentially put up great numbers and maybe 1 or 2 other guys step up or we sign someone else in the off season. Experience has shown that when guys go for intense conditioning in the off season they come back with career years. For example Yaz, Ellsbury, Youk, Pedroia all had tremendous years after starting intense conditioning programs in the off season. Iglesias might come back and actually win the SS job in 2013.
I still cannot believe how Lavarnway has tanked. I don't understand how he could be so consistent for so long and now can't connect when the ball is over the plate and seems to be consistently guessing wrong when that outside slider is coming. Something is very wrong somewhere. Maybe he never dealt with a slump in the minors and has no idea what to do now. Maybe it's overuse this year at catcher. Maybe some small injuries he's struggling with. It doesn't seem to make sense that he would project as a middle of the order bat his entire minor league career and now is struggling to hit. 160. This sort of thing seems to happen to catchers a lot at the end of the year.