As a Sox fan, every year there is something to complain about that gives us a feeling of doom that we'll never get to the series no matter what the media's outlook is. For years it was certain positional players and pitching that desparately needed improvement. Last year we suddenly had a clutch offense that we could no longer complain about, so we scratched our heads and turned to the starting rotation and bullpen. Emphasis, of course, was on the bullpen as the year progressed.
With the signing of Schilling our starting rotation looks immaculate, with very little complaint save for the 5th spot (which, other than the Yankees, draws ire on every team). Along with a bullpen that shows signs of stability, as well as the possibility of getting a fantastic closer, Sox Nation can't find anything to worry over anymore. I mean what is there? The defense at second base? The overall speed on the basepaths? The batboy's lack of hygiene?
Regardless of how good the Yanks get with each signing, Sox fans everywhere are absolutely exuberant because the energy that used to go into grumbling about the roster and management has been redirected into positivity. Basically, bragging is no longer a part-time job this offseason.
In conclusion, yes, the Sox are going to absolutely SMOKE the east next year. And the Yanks finish third.