The Sox apparently "ran out of gas" in 2003, 2006, 2010 and now 2012. The individual circumstances may be different from season to season but the end result is the same. Perhaps the Sox would do well to try to find some common threads in those four seasons and then try to repair them or eliminate them.
I still say JB has it pretty much spot-on, the rosters are top heavy, there is no depth, guys get hurt, go into slumps and the drop off to replacement players is very dramatic.
Compare that for example to what the Yankees pulled off tonight with their bench.
Fans were pleading with Kenny to upgrade the bench back in August saying it was going to haunt the club. It did. Better guys were available...the million dollar question is why Kenny did nothing and up to that point he had a hell of a season getting the help needed.