No offense to Dustin Pedroia or David Ortiz.
Or to any of the other Red Sox for that matter.
The current Red Sox team does not have the same type of 'super star' that has been typical of most World Series teams in recent years.
Alex Speier joins Sports Tonight to explain why the Sox might have to buck convention if they hope to be celebrating on duck boats this fall.
Virtually every team that's been in the World Series in recent years has had a player in the Top 5 in MVP or Cy Young.
"It's highly unlikely that that's going to happen with the Red Sox," said Speier.
Clay Buchholz would have been the team's best bet for a major award, jumping out to a 9-0 record with an ERA of 1.71 before missing approximately three months on the DL.
The fact remains, that while the Sox have plenty of players who would qualify as stars, they're short on players having league-leading seasons.
Last year, both MVPs played in the World Series - Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers and Buster Posey of the Giants.
Speier says the Sox have better depth than most teams, but the ceiling of talent is not quite as high.
So if the Sox manage to win the World Series, or even make it there, they'll have do it the way they've done most everything else this season - flying in the face of expectations.