There are teams in baseball that will never accept rebuilding years. Not only do fans think this way, but so do the Boston Redsox. Ever since Boston got a taste of the World Series title in 2004, the team year in and year out has always tried ways to make the team better. The 2004 season was the first Series title for the Redsox since 1918. Since then the team won it all in 2007, and in 2013. Last season the Redsox won the AL East title, but were swept in the first round by the champions of the league.
This is the first year since 2003 Sox fans will make the trip to Fenway Park and not see the man they call Big Papi(David Ortiz) in the lineup as he retired last season. Even without Ortiz the Redsox will still have some familiar faces in the infield featuring Dustin Pedroia, and Hanley Ramirez. Pedroia a career .300 hitter has plenty left in the tank. Last season Pedroia appeared in 154 in the Sox 162 regular season games. Hanley Ramirez will be back patrolling the middle of the infield coming off an outstanding year in Boston. Ramirez batted .286 and hit 30 home runs. Hanley also ranked 3rd on the Redsox knocking in 111 runs a season ago. Also at the plate for the Sox will feature one of the biggest rising stars, Mookie Betts. Betts is entering his 3rd full season with Boston, last year he had 31 homers and 113 RBI’s which 2nd best on the team in both categories. Only Ortiz had better stats on the team than the young outfielder. Mookie was also responsible for many top 10 plays which led him to a gold glove in 2016. While there are still familiar faces on this team, there are also some new talent to the team that should help the Redsox get some wins in 2017. Rookie outfielder Andrew Benintendi caught some eyes at the end of last season appearing in only 34 games for Boston. He was able to hit 2 homeruns and hit for an average just shy of .300. Andrew tore up the minor leagues last season batting .312 and knocking in 76 runs between Single A and Double A. Many believe Andrew Benintendi should break camp with the Redsox and has potential to be rookie of the year. Not only are the Sox’s lineup stacked, fans are also excited from what they are going to see on the mound.
The big news this off season from Boston’s camp was landing starting pitcher Chris Sale from the Chicago Whitesox in exchange for 4 players. Sale was a huge catch for the rotation being the CY Young winner last season. Sale spent 7 seasons with Chicago posting a record of 74-50 with a career ERA of just 3.00. Sale with join David Price on the staff, and those two are not even considered the teams’ ace. Rick Porcello is the projected opening day starter for Boston winning 22 games in 2016. The big 3 will also be looking at Drew Pomeranz to back them up in the rotation. Pomeranz was picked up at the end of last year in a trade with the Padres. If any team has to face the Sox in a four game set getting runs off these guys will be a tough task. Veteran closer Craig Kimbrel will be at the back end of the bullpen for the 2nd straight season for Boston. The former Atlanta Brave has saved 256 games over his career.
The post David Ortiz era will be tough for the fans but as of right now the Boston Redsox looked to be well covered. This could be one of the best starting pitching staffs in baseball with plenty of run producers to go with them. Can the Redsox repeat as World Champions? Only time will tell.