Dan Shaughnessy, who is a legendary columnist for the Boston Globe, wrote this about his Red Sox prior to this season:
“The 2013 Red Sox might be really bad. Worse, they might be really boring. … The Sox have more questions than any other team in the American League East. It is difficult to pick them anywhere but last. … If, in fact, things go perfectly, the Red Sox actually could contend for a playoff spot. … Sorry. The juice glass is half-empty today. These guys could be really bad. And really boring. “Scrappy” doesn’t sell in Boston in 2013.”
Of the seven experts at SI.com, including Tom Verducci, no one picked the Red Sox to make the playoffs, let alone win the World Series.
Similarly, of the 43 experts at ESPN.com, 39 said Boston would not make the post season (including Buster Olney, Jim Bowden, Jayson Stark, Adam Rubin and Andrew Marchand).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I’m not goofing on Shaughnessy, Buster, Adam, or the millions of people who didn’t predict the Red Sox to win it all. The point of the above is to demonstrate how anything is possible, despite how negative we can be, as long as you field a competitive team.
The Mets with Matt Harvey, David Wright, Bobby Parnell and Marlon Byrd were a competitive team for a large part of last season. However, there were also times, specifically the last few weeks, when they were not, as the Mets lost Wright, Harvey and Parnell, then traded Byrd, and they ended the year with barely a Triple-A roster.
The Red Sox were 7-for-7 on free agent signings and they got rebound seasons out of major players who had failed them in 2012. I’m not saying the Mets will win a ring next season. But, they could make a postseason run and be fun to watch if they spend money to round out the roster with actual big-league talent, hit on their signings, trade for a power hitter and get full seasons out of Wright and Parnell. And, if you tell me I’m crazy, I’ll remind you of the mood in Boston last March.