As most fans know, a major headline in this off-season was the acquisition of lefty pitcher Chris Sale by the Boston Red Sox in return for farm system players including the #1 ranked prospect Yoan Moncada. This was a major splash in the water in the baseball world as the Red Sox added another stud to their already impressive rotation, which includes reigning Cy Young winner Rick Porcello, along with David Price, who won the award in 2012. This leaves potential openings for lefty Drew Pomeranz and knuckleballer Steven Wright, who both were All-Stars in 2016, to complete this deadly rotation. Despite the pitching staff’s skill level and being a die-hard Red Sox fan myself, I do not believe that this team will win the World Series in 2017.
As soon as Chris Sale joined the Red Sox, people were making comparisons to the Golden State Warriors, calling them a “super-team,” though they were yet to play a game. This title is quite a turnaround from a team that got swept clean in three games by the AL Champs Cleveland Indians in the ALDS last year. Though its undeniable that Sale will have a huge impact on the team, is it really safe to say that his impact will be the difference between being swept in the ALDS to winning the World Series?
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Another point to bring up is the fact that David Ortiz is retired. Many Red Sox fans still continue to hang on to a tiny sliver of hope and believe that he will make a return, but he has made it clear that 2016 was his last season playing baseball. This is a huge setback for Boston that not many people are not taking into consideration. The amount that David Ortiz meant to this team was substantial both on the field and in the clubhouse. No matter who his replacement will be, it is undeniable that they will be unable to fulfill the complete role that he played.
Lastly, do the Red Sox really have the experience to make a deep, legitimate playoff run? With Ortiz gone, the Red Sox’s longest tenured player is Dustin Pedroia, who debuted in the end of the 2006 season. The Red Sox’s playmakers are now young names like Mookie Betts, Xander Boegarts, and Jackie Bradley Jr. Though they are unbelievably talented, they do lack the playoff experience that is seen with other teams, which could effect their ability to win games in late October. This may not be too big of a factor, as we have seen inexperienced teams win before, however it will definitely come into question as the team prepares to make a playoff run.
I won’t be completely negative about the Red Sox. In fact, I really hope that they prove me wrong. There’s no denying that they will be a very good baseball team, just maybe not a championship team yet. Nevertheless, the future is definitely bright in Boston and all Red Sox fans should be excited for the years to come.