Will short offseason give Sox a hangover?

Will short offseason give Sox a hangover?
February 15, 2014, 10:00 pm
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The Baseball Show discusses a number of Red Sox topics, including whether or not the short offseason will cause an early-season slump.

"It doesn’t seem like they’re ripe for a hangover," says Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam. 

On the first day of camp, the Red Sox made it clear that they've turned the page from last year's World Championship. 

They have the veteran leadership and personalities to get back to their 'focus on tonight's game' mantra. 

The Red Sox have also made plans to give additional rest to some of the players who were worked particularly hard down the stretch last season. Players like Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and Koji Uehara will be among those who have reduced workloads in camp to minimize the wear and tear on their arms. 

Can Will Middlebrooks stick as a major league third baseman?

"If he struggles as much as he did at times a year ago, you figure [the Red Sox] have to do something," says McAdam. "There’s tremendous potential there. This guy has hit 32 home runs in 615 major league at bats. That’s nothing to sneeze at. At a time when it is exceedingly difficult to find right handed power in baseball, he has it, but he needs to be more consistent."

Whether or not Middlebrooks is able to hold onto the starting job will be one of the most interesting story lines of the first half of the season.