Boston Red Sox Start of the Season
Boston Red Sox Pitching
Red Sox fans have plenty to look forward with the new additions this past winter and the superstars from last season coming back for the 2017 season. Chris Sale comes over from the White Sox and gives the team a good steady, quality ace. He has had outstanding Whip and Era numbers throughout his career and posted 17 wins for a below average team in 2016. Teammate Rick Porcello had a career year and won the American League Cy Young Award with his impressive 22 wins and 3.15 era despite pitching in hitting friendly Fenway Park. Starting pitcher Steven Wright gives the team a different look with his knuckle ball and look for him to keep opposing hitters on their toes with his unique style. The team is hoping young Eduardo Rodriguez improves in the starting rotation. Despite striking out a lot of batters in the low number of innings he pitched, his era needs to get better. The bullpen added newcomer Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers. Matt Barnes, Heath Hembree, Robbie Ross Jr. and Fernando Abad are among those that Sox need to make the relief core steady again. The tough job of closing games will belong to Craig Kimbrel once again. The veteran posted 31 saves with a low WHIP and only had two blown saves.
Boston Red Sox Hitting
It seems like every season the team has a strong batting lineup and the 2017 season will be no different. Scrappy second baseman and the heart of the team, Dustin Pedroia will be the lead off hitter once again. He had an excellent 2016 season once again hitting .318 with over 200 hits. Look for the same this season. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts will play a key role in the middle of the line up. He had a career high 21 homeruns and scored 115 runs. Twelve year veteran Hanley Ramirez will bat in the fourth spot as the team’s designated hitter. He had a career high in a number of categories and may have finally found a good friend in The Green Monster and friendly Fenway Park. Mitch Moreland is coming over from the Texas Rangers and will be penciled in at first base. He must improve on his .233 batting average however to give the Sox more of a spark. Pablo Sandoval will be at third base and the team will desperately need him to regain his form from his old San Francisco Giants days. Christian Vazquez and Sandy Leon will have the tough challenge of calling games behind the plate. Jackie Bradley Jr. will be roaming around in centerfield after having career highs in pretty much every offensive category. Mookie Betts will join him in the outfield and posted crazy numbers in 2016. With his speed and bat, he’s dangerous in every aspect of the game. Rounding out the outfield will be young Andrew Benintendi. He has only played in 34 games but did put up a .295 batting average. Once again look for big hitting performances from this dangerous hitting squad.