The Sox will make a run at some point because the starting pitching is much better than they showed in the first half. Unfortunately, the first half strengths will be the second half weaknesses. Expect Gonzalez to come on (he is already showing signs), Ortiz to continue to produce but then what? They will have trouble scoring runs with the makeshift lineup. Crawford is being mentioned as a Tommy John surgery candidate so I don't expect much from him and we'll just have to see about Elsbury .Pedroia most likely will come back too soon because the guy is a gamer and won't be honest about his health. They won't have enough offense. The young guys (Nava, Middlebrooks, etc) will show why they didn't make the big club in the spring. The bullpen which was great in the first half will begin to falter somewhat in the second half. They have been forced to pitch a lot of innings because starters haven't been going deep enough into games. Aceves will begin to slide more from misuse and Morales won't be as effective bouncing back and forth from the bullpen to the starting rotation. Note to Bobby: Morales is a power pitcher not a knuckleballer. Still, I see the Sox doing enough to finish third behind the Yankees and Rays and of course missing the playoffs again. Theo got into some trouble calling this a "bridge year" but that is exactly what it is.