Much has been written about the prospects for success for the Boston Red Sox in 2013, and about the only thing on which there is agreement is that the team will not play much in October, if at all. (The regular season ends September 29.)
For this observer, there are six players in particular whose performance will have much to say about the ultimate outcome:
For sure, the likes of Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Mike Napoli, and Shane Victorino will play a major role. But these are the six that will make the difference between winning 79 and 88 games – and thus perhaps securing the second wild-card slot.