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2014 Red Sox Team Preview: Defending Champions

John Clemeno

John Clemeno

John Clemeno writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

2014 Boston Red Sox Team Preview

The famously unkempt Red Sox rallied around ugly beards, clubhouse karma and BostonStrong all the way to the October classic, where they dispatched the Cardinals in six games. Those are the intangibles often cited when talking about the success of the world champs, but between the lines, timely hitting, starting pitching, a preposterously efficient season from closer Koji Uehara, and the unyielding bat of David Ortiz were the real reasons for Bostonís achievements. They could win, and did win, in a variety of ways. Boston led the majors in runs scored and batting average, but when the bats went silent in the World Series, starting pitching carried the team.

The stigma of the September 2011 collapse is behind them. And the Bobby Valentine carnival of 2012 is never mentioned. These new age Red Sox are a different breed. They limit long-term commitments to free agents and build from within. Armed with this new management philos

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