Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox Roster Predictions For The 2017 MLB Season

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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