What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams.
No one expected the Boston Red Sox to completely collapse like they did in 2012. By the same token, no one really expected to see Boston contend for a division title in 2013 after reloading their roster with aging stars. But the veterans all meshed together pretty well, and the Red Sox shocked the world and won their third World Series in the last ten years in 2013.
You can tie the reversal in Boston's success in 2013 mainly to two players: Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury. Pedroia put together a seven win season in 2013, much like he did in 2011, hitting a career-best 23 homers, stealing 22 bases, and putting together an .841 OPS for the season. Combine that with his typical excellent defense, and you've got one of the most valuable players in the American League. Ellsbury also had a season reminiscent of his 2011, though not nearly as good. In his walk year with Boston, Ellsbury played in 153 games, homered 24 times, stole 31 bases, and won the Gold Glove in center field.no comments