The Boston Red Sox have definitely been in the conversation for postseason success this year. Coming from a Sox fan, of course I’ll take the optimistic route and say the Boston Red Sox will win the 2016 World Series. But I do have plenty of reasoning behind this statement.
With Dave Dombrowski making some serious moves in the offseason, people started seeing Boston as a serious contender. Acquiring David Price was huge. Price has been one of the best pitchers in the league since 2009. He has already picked up a win in his first start with the Sox, striking out 10 in his eye-opening debut.
Craig Kimbrel coming to Boston made me the happiest person alive. We all know Kimbrel as one of the most dominating closing pitchers in the game, and he’s looking wicked healthy to begin the 2016 season. Kimbrel closed out the opening day game against Cleveland, striking out 2 in his debut. I can not wait to see how much more Kimbrel will produce this season. The Sox also have a strong bullpen, featuring not only Craig Kimbrel, but Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara, Robbie Ross Jr., and eventually a healthy Carson Smith.
When it comes to the rest of Boston’s rotation, there is nothing to really get excited about. Clay Buchholz has struggled in recent seasons, but has mentioned how he is determined to produce this year. We’ll see how that works out. Rick Porcello is in the 3 spot. Ricky P. My man. A lot of people doubt Porcello’s ability to produce greatly this season. I on the other hand, do not. The 27 year-old has shown great success pitching with Detroit, and he is filled with potential. Yes, he went 9-15 last season with Boston with a 4.92 ERA, but all of us Sox fans can consider that a season to forget. He’s healthy this season and seems really promising, or at least we can hope. We don’t want Price getting all of our wins now, do we?
With a lineup featuring Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez, and Travis Shaw, we can assume there will be some serious damage done against opposing pitching. Mookie Betts is in the run for AL MVP. At 23 years of age, Betts has proven to be one of the best young players in the game. Betts batted .291 last season with 18 dingers and 77 RBI’s. He played killer outfield and had an OBP of .341.
David Ortiz is in his final season with the Sox. The 40 year-old slugger has been one of the most iconic players in baseball history, and his game has not slowed down one bit. He’s nothing but clutch in the postseason, and with 2 homers in his first 2 games this year, we can expect another phenomenal season from Big Papi.
The Boston Red Sox have gotten off to a good start this year, and hopefully they showcase their full potential throughout the season to get themselves a playoff spot. I love this Red Sox team, and expect a season filled with nail-bitters and clutch moments. I’m tired of finishing at the bottom of the AL East, and I’m sure you Sox fans out there feel the same way. Let’s hope for the best, because I sure as shit would love to see Papi with a fourth ring and Boston as World Series champs.