Like any good Sox fan, my baseball outlook is characterized by bouts of schizophrenia. Therefore, even though the Sox gained only a half-game on the Yankees while winning three from the White Sox over the weekend, Boston is suddenly inspiring my confidence:
-- Manny's back (three home runs in the last week).
-- Coco's playing like the player we expected him to be.
-- Lugo is proving an offensive sparkplug.
-- Schilling looked strong Saturday in Pawtucket.
-- Adding Lester to the rotation, and Tavarez to the bullpen, will strengthen the team.
-- Hinske and Cora are excellent role players.
-- Youk, Pedroia, and Lowell are grinders.
-- Strong pitching and improved hitting are likely to stick around.