As most of New England is shoveling out of back-to-back Nor’Easters, the Red Sox are ringing in Spring in sunny Fort Myers, FL. Under the leadership of their new skipper, Alex Cora, the Sox are preparing for a victorious 2018 season and their next World Series Championship.
So what can we look forward to this season you might ask?
How about an outfield stacked with some of the best talent in all of Major League Baseball? Sounds about right. Hanley Ramirez has already predicted that Andrew Benintendi be named AL MVP. And he’s in good company, considering Mookie Betts almost took home that title in 2016. And while, Jackie Bradley Jr.’s future with the Sox has been disputed, there is no question that the “triple B” outfield is a force to be reckoned with.
And that’s without mentioning the Red Sox’s newest addition, J.D. Martinez. Martinez raked in over 100 RBIs and hit 45 home runs last season, 3 of them being grand slams. There is no doubt that the slugger will add some much-needed depth to the Red Sox starting lineup. Where he’ll start will be quite the question, however. Will he break up the triple B outfield? Or perhaps he’ll take over as DH and push Hanley Ramirez onto first. This question will be one of many to be answered this month during spring training.
That begs the question of what the infield is shaping up to be. While there are certainly strong infielders, such as the ever-amazing and under-appreciated Xander Bogaerts, the Sox have some decisions to make about placements. With Dustin Pedroia still on the mend, it seems like Eduardo Nunez will stand in as the Sox second baseman come opening day. And while first and third base are still questionable vacancies, the Sox definitely have the talent to fill them in with guys like Rafael Devers and the sole flow bro, Brock Holt.
A stacked outfield and an infield full of potential only leaves the mound (and his partner behind the plate) up for question. The Red Sox rotation will be arguably the most anticipated outcome of Spring Training. The Sox have a mound and bullpen full of possibilities. Porcello, Price, and Sale seem like steady starters, but which lucky members will join them in the rotation? Kelly has proven to be consistent in the bullpen and Kimbrel will remain the anchor in the 9th. But, as with the other positions, the Sox definitely have some good choices when it comes to who will take the hill.
The team is showing real potential and excitement this Spring. While they tied today in their game against the Rays, the Sox sit at 4th out of 15 MLB teams in the Grapefruit League. All I know is that I am ready for this snow to melt and for Fenway’s gates to be opened again. Press on, my friends! Summer is coming!