Who are the Boston Red Sox? The World Series champs from a year ago or the chumps who have dropped seven of their last eight.
I started to write in an attempt to answer this question when I realized you can’t. This question is unanswerable. The Red Sox from last year to this year are a different team. First of all, Clay Buchholz was injury-free when he got off to his 11-0 start in 2013. Sox GM Ben Cherington said his pitcher is healthy, but he obviously has not rebounded – mentally or physically - from last season’s injury.
Secondly, Jacoby Ellsbury is not here. This is a perfect example of “You’re going to miss me when I am gone.” I am not saying the Sox should have matched the Yankees' offer. That would have been nuts. But his absence makes this a different team from last year.
The third reason just came back. Stephen Drew could not hit in the postseason, but he is a better defensive shortstop than Xander Bogaerts, who was in the minors when all the magic began and Drew was your everyday shortstop.
Think about it. Three vital, up-the-middle, components have been different from last year. That makes it impossible to compare this year’s team to last. So, save yourself the aggravation and don’t waste your time.