By: Conor Brosnan
Baseball’s back and that means the Red Sox are almost here. Hopefully this year we can avoid losing in the first round of the playoffs. The Red Sox are coming into this season as the back to back champs of the American League East. This year though, that’s not all they want to settle for. With the addition of their new manager Alex Cora, they are looking to get a fresh perspective and are ready to win. Cora wasn’t the only addition the team made however. They also signed J.D. Martinez to a nice five year, $110 million deal, with an opt-out clause after the second and third years. J.D. is known for his power, boasting a .302 batting average with 45 HR’s, and 104 RBI’s. These impressive numbers will hopefully be able to carry over to the Red Sox.
The Red Sox should be a pretty good team this year. Their line-up is built with young talent, and a lot of offensive power. Plus, the return of David Price to help out Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz is likely to be lights out. Notable Red Sox players this year are Andrew Benintendi, and Rafael Devers. Benintendi last year posted a .271 BA with 20 HR’s and 90 RBI’s. Devers, who joined the ball club in the middle of the season batted .284 with 10 HR’s and 30 RBI’s. Both of these players are looking to improve this season, and have the potential to be big threats on offense.
For pitching, Chris Sale is looking to repeat his amazing season. Last year he threw 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA. Sale is the ace of the Red Sox, and has one of the leagues nastiest change-up’s. This pitch was good enough to earn him an All-Star spot last year, and hopefully he can repeat. The other pitcher to watch for is David Price. The left hander missed most of the 2017 season with an elbow injury, but had an amazing performance in the playoffs. Hopefully though this year he will be top notch, and can help the Red Sox going into the playoffs (They’ll be there).
This biggest threat to the Red Sox this year in my opinion is the New York Yankees. With the addition of Giancarlo Stanton to the slugger in Aaron Judge, they will be a massive offensive threat all season. Last year, the pennant race came down to two games. This year is likely to be just as close. The 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astro’s will also be a big threat. With one of the best offense’s in baseball, they are likely to dominate teams all season. Both of these two teams have a high chance of making the playoffs, and are coming off hot seasons.
When it comes to what the Red Sox will look like this season, there are still a few uncertainties for starting jobs, such as the case with catcher between Christian Vasquez, Sandy Leon, and Blake Swihart. Also, how J.D. Martinez, Hanley Ramirez, and Mitch Moreland will fit into the lineup on a regular basis is unknown. If I were a betting man however, my starting lineup would look like this:
- Hanley Ramirez1B
- Jackie Bradley JR.CF
This lineup is likely to bring a lot of power to the middle of their lineup, with great defensive talent in the top and bottom. The Red Sox’s first game is March 29th against the Tampa Bay Rays in Tampa. Hopefully they can get the ball rolling, and can come out hot. We are almost there ladies and gentlemen. Only a few more weeks.