Boston Red Sox Season Preview

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After winning the World Series last year, the Boston Red Sox are looking to defend their title. Here at Heritage at Bedford Springs, we love the Sox! With Bedford, MA just a short drive from Boston, we always like to catch a couple games throughout the year. Best of all, you can even watch the games from the comfort of your apartment. With Spring Training getting underway, it’s time to start thinking baseball once again. We’ll look at both the position players and the pitchers and see if they will be able to win it all.

Position Players

The Red Sox led the league in runs last year, and they return their entire lineup to do it again. Mookie Betts will keep putting up the MVP numbers he has his whole career and JD Martinez will keep on mashing home runs. Believe it or not, there are actually a few sports where Boston could stand to gain a little more. Young players Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers each put up solid performances last year. However, if Benintendi can start hitting for a little more power and Devers can start putting the ball in play more often, you could see this team make an astronomical leap. Betts and Martinez are the most dynamic hitting duo in the league, so if the pieces around them can improve, the Red Sox’s lineup will be unbeatable.

Pitchers

Where the Red Sox could really improve will be in their pitching staff. Chris Sale is one of the best pitchers in the league, but he can never stay healthy enough to make the impact that a player of his caliber should. Additionally, David Price and Rick Porcello each turned in solid years, but both are former Cy Young award winners, and if they can return to that elite status, Boston has a very strong front of the rotation. In the bullpen, there are significantly more questions. After losing some key pieces in the relief corps, the Red Sox are counting on healthy years from players that typically can’t stay on the field. Barring an unforeseen trade, Boston will head into the season relying on Ryan Brasier, Tyler Thornburg, and Carson Smith to stay healthy, which is a big ask. However, if they can do it, everyone is going to have to look out for that high-powered trio.