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Are the Red Sox Serious 2011 Contenders? Ask any Bean Town Sox fan if fear fills their hearts when they watch the Boston Red Sox online in 2011. The Sox have definitely stumbled out of the gate losing the first six of the very still new season. They were picked as true contenders by almost everyone – including their dreaded rivals the New York Yankees. But, the Red Sox have not revealed their true selves yet. Yes, they were swept in the opening two series – something completely unexpected. Yet, they still possess an all-star lineup of young and coming players combined with tried and tested veterans led by a proven winner in Tito Francona, Yes, Boston is definitely equipped to win…and contend they will.
A good reason the Red Sox remain contenders is right-handed Bobby Jenks. He has been a shining bright spot in the bull pen with a 0.00 ERA in his first four innings of 2011 work. He will prove out being a solid go-to keeping Boston close in tight games. So far he has been counted upon to turn the ball over to Daniel bard or Jonathan Papelborn without leaving runners on base.
Tim Wakefield, the ancient (44-year-old) knuckleballer has had his great moments early on this season. In his first four appearances in 2011, he gave up a respectable two hits and two runs working six innings. With John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka having uncertain futures, Wakefield opening on the road may not be too far-fetched. Jon Lester is coming off an impressive 19-9 season after the same unremarkable start he has had this season. Once the Red Sox bats start producing runs, Lester will return to his winning ways.