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Quicky Handicapping

It seems the Sox biggest worry - aside from the un-baseball flukes that can doom a three game series - is the health of Beckett, Lowell, and Drew. I am very worried about Beckett. Every movement in this sport of ours is a extremely forceful twist; an oblique is the muscle that runs that motion. I also worry about Lowell attempting to handle a Chone Figgins bunt with that bum hip of his.

The Sox have some chance of winning without Lowell. Casey and Cora (and Kotsay) would be starting for a lot of other teams, and the Sox could win without Lowell if they had wonderful pitching.

However, the Sox can NOT win without Josh Beckett. Lester and Dice-K are pretty good, but the Sox need one more pitcher and that guy simply has to be Beckett.

I am not really worried about Drew. He probably won't play all that much, but frankly Kotsay gives you most everything Drew does, with the significant exception of power. The fact is though that the Sox will win or lose on pitching and their solid defense and deep tough lineup. They're not going to pound teams into the ground.

Go Sawx. Gooooooooooo Sox.

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