Why the Red Sox WILL Win the 2017 World Series
Yesterday, I played the heel and told my fellow Red Sox fans why they can forget about this year’s team winning the World Series. Today, I’m going to give you the flip side of the coin and channel the obnoxious Boston sports fan in me to tell you why the Red Sox will of course be winning it all in 2017.
First off, let’s begin in the starting rotation because that area of the team is stacked. Not only do the Red Sox have Rick Porcello coming off a Cy Young Award winning year, but they’ve added one of the most electric pitchers in all of baseball, Chris Sale. Sale doesn’t seem to be the type of timid personality that will struggle in his first year in Boston and I fully expect him to go out and blow batters away. Even if Porcello isn’t going to duplicate his 2016 campaign, he’s still a very reliable pitcher and one of the best third pitchers in baseball.
Why is Porcello the third pitcher? Well, in case you forgot, the Red Sox still have David Price. Price had a horrible first year in Boston by his standards but somehow still managed to be a valuable commodity. He won 17 games and pitched a lot of innings and I’ll bet he improves this year. Oh he’s got an elbow injury? That’s no big deal at all because apparently he’s got a “unique elbow” and it “healed itself.” Case closed and Boston has the best three-headed monster in baseball.
Following up Sale, Price and Porcello will be Eduardo Rodriguez in the fourth slot. Rodriguez will finally deliver on all of his promise and he’ll pitch like a guy that could be a number two for other clubs. With whoever is bringing up the rear in the rotation, whether it is Steven Wright, Drew Pomeranz or Kyle Kendrick, the pressure will be off. The fifth starter will simply need to be average and the rotation will still be a giant strength.
In the bullpen, we’ve got talented arms for days. Do you really think Craig Kimbrel isn’t going to figure it out after “struggling” a bit last year? I say struggling in quotes because he still made the All Star team. Kimbrel is still one of the best closers in baseball and he’ll continue to be. Add in the return of Carson Smith and Brandon Workman, the addition of Tyler Thornburg and guys like Robbie Ross and now we’re really cooking. Plus, I love Joe Kelly in his new role in the bullpen. The guy was built to be a setup man or a closer with the heat he brings in short spurts.
Now lastly, we’ll get to the lineup because it’s rock-solid. Mookie Betts might be the best player in baseball and will be gunning for an MVP award. Andrew Benintendi is the number one prospect in all of baseball and the odds-on favorite to win the American League Rookie of the Year. Hanley Ramirez is finally free to just focus on hitting the baseball a mile, and he certainly will. Pablo Sandoval is mashing in spring training, as I wrote about the other day. This team is going to score runs in bunches, and they likely won’t need them with the aces they’ve got on the mound.
The Sox could even get some reinforcements during the season by way of the minor leagues. Sam Travis and Rafael Devers may be contributors at some point this year. Of course, don’t count out a return from David Ortiz as well, because I for one am not convinced he’s done with the game.
In all reality, like I said in my blog yesterday, I fall somewhere in between this scenario and the worst-case scenario for the Red Sox this year. It’s fun to talk about what can happen with them, because they could go wire-to-wire as the best team in baseball. But I think they’ll have their bumps and bruises and end up in the playoffs making a run before falling short. I hope they prove me wrong, but I don’t see it happening. I’m a Boston sports fan, I’m spoiled, but I’m not delusional. I just hope they make my summer enjoyable.