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Boston Red Sox Roster Predictions For The 2017 MLB Season

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Relief Pitchers

Craig Kimbrel RHP:

The closer for Boston is still one of the best in the game despite posting a career high 3.40 ERA in 2016, this year though the flamethrowing pitcher will bounce back and be the go-to closer you need in Boston.

Predictions: 40 saves and a 2.75 ERA

Joe Kelly RHP:

Another hard throwing option for Farrell to use, this one was a starter until last season. Kelly will be dynamite out of the pen this season and will be one of the go-to late inning pitchers for Boston.

Predictions: 41 appearances with a 3.40 ERA

Robbie Ross Jr. LHP:

The Jared Carrabis dubbed “Lawnmower” will be a solid option for the games where the starter fails to go past the 5th inning. If he isn’t the third or fourth best option out of the pen then the Red Sox should be fine.

Predictions: 46 appearances with a 3.75 ERA

Carson Smith RHP:

Smith underwent tommy john surgery last season and has yet to be of use for Boston when they traded Wade Miley for him prior to last season. If his recovery goes according to plan he should be a late inning option in the second half of the season

Predictions: 20 appearances with a 3.25 ERA

Tyler Thornburg RHP:

The Sox traded Travis Shaw for Thornburg this past offseason, he will in theory serve in the setup role with the departure of Junichi Tazawa/Koji Uehara/ and Brad Ziegler.

Predictions: 47 appearances with a 3.90 ERA

Robby Scott LHP:

Scott is in a battle for the last bullpen roster spot with Abad and Omas, Scott can pitch in a variety of roles and should see plenty of action for Boston this season.

Predictions: 30 appearances with a 3.79 ERA 

Fernando Abad LHP:

Abad will struggle again in Boston this season, I think he ends up being waived at some point in favor of Scott. The deal for Abad will go down as one of Dombrowski’s biggest blunder when this is all said and done considering they gave up Pat Light for Abad last season.

Predictions: 22 appearances with a 5.60 ERA 

Matt Barnes RHP:

Barnes was overused early last season with a lack of real options for Farrell to use. Barnes could be a solid 7th inning guy for Boston and like last year he will either look filthy or look awful with a lack of third pitch.

Predictions: 46 appearances with a 3.91 ERA

Heath Hembree RHP:

Hembree is an actual right handed specialist with righties only hitting .200 off him, if used in that role he can have a great season for Boston. Outside of that role lefties his .338 off of him, if Farrell uses him correctly he will be ok, if not watch out Boston.

Predictions: 23 appearances with a 3.30 ERA

Edgar Olmos LHP:

One of the three competing for the lefty specialist role, he has the chance to see solid time in Boston if Scott or Abad fail or get injured.

Predictions: 30 appearances with a 4.40 ERA

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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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