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Boston Red Sox Roster Predictions For The 2017 MLB Season

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Starting Pitching

One area that many are predicting a great deal of success for Boston is starting pitching, but in Spring Training injuries to David Price and poor play by Drew Pomeranz raised serious questions with the rotations potential. But still a starting five that will include Rick Porcello, Chris Sale, and Price for the majority of the season will be a formidable trio that can help the team win 60+ games this season.

To start the year the Red Sox will run a starting five of Porcello, Sale, Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Wright, and Pomeranz. Price will join the team towards the back half of April so he will not be in the initial two or three cycles through the rotation. Below I have predictions for all of the Red Sox starters, despite the fact that they will only have five I have included any relevant player who has a chance to start a game this season for Boston.

Rick Porcello RHP:

Porcello who is now 28-years-old is coming off of a Cy Young winning season where he recorded a career high 22 wins for Boston. Now entering his third season with the Red Sox Porcello has been given the Opening Day nod from Farrell and will look to start the season off with a win. The question is weather or not this comeback story will continue or will he fade? But in the prime of his career and an above average talent in every scouting metric Porcello is poised to once again be a rock for the Boston Red Sox.

2017 Predictions:  17-5 in 30 starts, 3.33 ERA in 200+ innings pitched 

Chris Sale LHP:

Chris Sale came to Boston via a trade with the Chicago White Sox this past off-season, the 28-year-old ace has a lot of expectations to live up to. But Sale’s I give a shit attitude will fly over well with a fanbase that loves to see emotion on the mound from a perfectionist. Sale is coming from the White Sox though, a team that hasn’t been a contender, the question now is weather Sale can transition to the championship driven City of Boston. My money though is on Sale coming through for Boston.

Predictions: 15-10 in 29 starts, 3.25 ERA in 200+ innings pitched

David Price LHP:

Price failed in Boston in his first year with the 31-year-old veteran succumbing to the media and the pressure from the fanbase. Starting off spring training with an elbow scare wasn’t the start to the season that Price or the Red Sox wanted. But what many forget despite a 3.99 ERA last year Price was solid from essentially May to September, it was the start of the season that left a bad taste in the mouths of fans. When Price returns this season he will get on the good side of Red Sox Nation.

Predictions: 16-7 record in 27 starts, 3.40 ERA in 180+ innings pitched

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Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox

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Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror

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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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