Red Sox strengths
The Red Sox and the Yankees are clearly the American League's best teams on paper, ranking first and second in runs scored. The Sox are led by three potential MVP candidates in Dustin Pedroia (pictured), Jacoby Ellsbury, and Adrian Gonzalez. In addition, the Sox have plenty of roster depth, including three viable shortstops in Marco Scutaro, Mike Aviles, and Jed Lowrie, and a full-time designated hitter having another big season in David Ortiz. Their rotation took a hit when Clay Buchholz sustained a stress fracture in his lower back, but Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, and John Lackey all have had postseason success (Lester has one World Series ring, Beckett two, Lackey one).