Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 11/10/14
The second half of the Major League Baseball season begins tomorrow, when the Red Sox begin a three-game set with the Yankees at America’s Most Beloved Ballpark (trademark here). Through the first half of the season (Well, it’s actually more than half. The team played 97 games already), the Sox are in first place in the American League East and have won 58 games. No Red Sox team has ever won that many games heading into the All Star Break. So, what can we expect from the boys in red moving forward? Here are some predictions (some serious; some not-so-serious) for the rest of the 2013 season:   -       Clay Buchholz will return to the starting rotation – finally. He’ll get over the pain in his neck and stop being a pain in the neck. The tall, lanky Texan will continue shutting down American League lineups. He’ll be a finalist for the AL Cy Young Award. -       Dustin Pedroia will get dirty. Because, well, that’s what Pedroia does. -       The Tampa Bay Rays, bolstered by such brilliant PR efforts like “disco night” and “Joe Maddon Switches to Contacts Night,” will eventually tie the Sox for first place in the division. Meantime, no one in Tampa will notice. -       The Red Sox will trade for a starting pitcher at the trade deadline. Cliff Lee, anyone? -       Jacoby Ellsbury, finally realizing he’s in a contract year, will start hitting home runs again. -       Don Orsillo will break out his powder blue sport coat. Jerry Remy, meanwhile, will leave his hotel room on the next road trip – but only to get coffee. Then, it’s right back to the hotel room. -       Jose Iglesias will supplant Stephen Drew at shortstop, permanently. Iglesias will finish the season batting a respectable .278. -       Xander Bogaerts will be playing third base in the majors before Will Middlebrooks this season. -       Koji Uehara will remain the Sox closer. (High five, buddy!) Andrew Bailey will remain the go-to guy in the eighth inning, and he’ll do the job well. -       The Sox will clinch one of the two AL Wild Card spots, but they’ll get bounced in the American League Championship Series by Detroit. (Scherzer, Verlander? That rotation is pretty ferocious).
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Chargers keep playoff hopes alive with comeback win

Robin Lopez responds to Khloe Kardashian dating rumors

Report: Jermaine O'Neal 'intrigued' about joining Mavs

Report: Robert Griffin III likely to return to Redskins

Izzo criticizes coaches, players after embarrassing loss

Report: Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Is Rampage Jackson heading back to the UFC?

WATCH: DeSean Jackson mocks Eagles after win

Michael Vick: Jameis Winston is the future of the NFL

Report: No NFL team is moving to Los Angeles in 2015

Report: 49ers looking for young, offensive mind as next coach

Sheldon Richardson: I'm on the same level as JJ Watt

Dan Mullen wears funny 'Christmas Vacation' sweater

WATCH: Redskins FB gets in Eagles fan's face after TD

WATCH: Utah runs trick play on first offensive play of game

Mick Cronin misses game with unruptured aneurysm

Steve Alford: Kentucky is best team I've coached against

Peyton Siva jokes that Rick Pitino is in the mob

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell ejected for throwing punch

UNC wearing Jordan-era throwback uniforms

Brian Kelly: Justin Brent gets 'distracted,' is in my doghouse

Five free agent signings that should happen in 2015

Reporter asks Rajon Rondo awkward question about trade

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Reporter asks Rondo awkward question

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.