Boston Red Sox 2019 Preview:

Opening Day Around the Corner:

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Just under a week away and the reigning world series champions will begin their quest for another title in Seattle against the Mariners. It’s hard for a team to win back to back championships. They have to ride the ups and downs a team endures throughout the season. The team remains mostly in tact, besides reliever Joe Kelly signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers this past off season. Expect the Red Sox to compete for another A.L. East title and be high in the standings as the season progresses.

Chris Sale Extended:

As of Friday Chris Sale had signed an extension that keeps him in Boston throughout the 2024 season. The deal that was reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was five years for 145 million. Sale can opt out after three seasons. Sale is one of the most dominant pitchers the game has seen in awhile with his lights out performances. The downfall I see is him getting shut down late August early September. Alex Cora and ownership both understand that he’s the workhorse of the pitching staff and will be cautious going forward.

Season Outlook:

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The New York Yankees went all in on there bullpen acquisitions over the off season. The Red Sox didn’t add any depth to their bullpen to keep up with other organizations. However, they are still in good shape as far as the starting pitching and offense going forward. J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts have to keep putting up the numbers on offense and continue with stellar defense. Sale, Price and Porcello need to lead the pitching staff in order to back up last season’s performances if this team wants a chance at another ring.

Mookie Betts Future:

Mookie will not be a free agent until after the 2020 season. Does he deserve 400 million like Mike Trout of the Angels? Should he have taken the previous offer of 200 million? A player with the talents and caliber like him deserves a good chump of change coming off an M.V.P season a year ago. Those discussions will be on hold until future talks. Mookie’s numbers were outstanding last season, 32 HR’s, 80 RBI’s, 30 SB’s.

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