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It'll be a good summer for Red Sox

Think the pen's a problem? It's not really. Defense? Not really, either. And away we go.

Originally Published: January 6, 2011
By Christina Kahrl | Baseball Prospectus
Getty ImagesWith this handshake, the AL balance of power may have shifted for years.

Last season was one that theBoston Red Sox would like to forget, but 2011 is shaping up as their season of no excuses. Sure, they lost Victor Martinez (Tigers) and Adrian Beltre (Rangers), but they gained Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez and can expect a full season from Dustin Pedroia at second. The early win simulations from Baseball Prospectus' Clay Davenport have them leading the AL East field with 95 victories.

Obviously the Sox are going to score runs, but equally impressive to their projected attack is that they might lead the league in run prevention.