Hey Everybody! You miss me? Yeah probably not. However, it is almost that time of year again! What time you ask? BASEBALL SEASON!! The Boston Red Sox are scheduled to start up again in just six days and in 8, I will be back in beloved Fenway Park. However, less about me and more about the Red Sox.
Boston kicks off the year against the Pittsburgh Pirates who will be coming to Boston. On April 3rd, CY Young award winner Rick Porcello will be taking the mound to face Gerrit Cole. In game 2, we get to see Chris Sale in his for start as a Red Sox followed by Eduardo Rodriguez to end the series. The rotation will be filled out by All Stars Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz. To start the year, the Red Sox will be without David Price. If Price, is out for a long time the Red Sox could be in trouble. In the offeason, the Red Sox traded for Chris Sale to put a three headed monster in the rotation however, Price got hurt this spring and no word is out on how long he will be on the DL.
The Red Sox line up should be very good this year even with the loss of fan favorite David Ortiz. With Ortiz retiring, the main question of the team is who will provide the power. With the spring coming to an end, the opening day roster is starting to come into pictures. Team leader, Dustin Pedroia will be leading off again. Following him (which to me is kind of a surprise), is preseason rookie of the year candidate, Andrew Benintendi. Next up, is MVP runner up Mookie Betts. Taking over at clean up for Big Papi will be Hanley Ramriez. Firth and sixth in the line up will be newcomer Mitch Moreland and silver slugger Xander Bogaerts. In my eyes these two should be switched. After X comes, the return of the Panda, Pablo Sandoval. Batting last is Sandy Leon. I believe the team will still be one of the highest scoring teams in the league even without Papi. The main questions with the lineup are can panda play every day? Can Benintendi produce for a full season? Should Blake Swihart and Sam Travis be on the roster?
I believe the Red Sox should win the AL East.
Major Awards- CY Young- Chris Sale
ROY- Andrew Benintendi
WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS- Red Sox over Cubs in 6