The Red Sox are having a rocky 2019 season. Is pitching the dilemma? Or is offense lacking talent at the plate? Chris Sale, David Price, and Rick Porcello have struggled when normally they’re clutch. These three studs were key pieces and the heart of the rotation last year.
Sandy Leon was recently called from the Pawtucket Red Sox. In a corresponding move, Blake Swihart was dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks for an outfielder. Pitching has improved, but still lacking a key starter. Sitting at 3rd in the AL East, the Sox need wins immediately if they want to compete for a playoff run. They have less than a 40% chance to make the playoffs right now.
It’s insane how Dallas Keuchel, A.L C.Y Young award winner, is still a free agent. 31 years old, with a lot left in the tank to pitch at a high level. He’s a former World Series Champion with the HoustonAstros and a 4x Gold Glove winner. Boston should offer him a one year deal worth $10-15 million. It would bolster the rotation and put him right behind the top 3 pitchers. It certainly wouldn’t hurt. Another veteran presence is needed, and he could fit in perfectly. His record is 76-63 with a career ERA of 3.66 in seven seasons. He had an inconsistent year in 2018 but he’s deserving of another chance.
The Sox need to sign a free agent. Let me repeat that again, they need to sign a free agent. Or at least bring a pitcher from the Paw Sox to come in and serve as an upgrade. We had the best pitchers last season and now we’re struggling to get 6-7 innings from them. The rotation is talented and shouldn’t be losing. Should be interesting to follow as the trade deadline is approaching. Let hope they bring in Dallas Keuchel or someone talented to get some wins. Eovaldi is injured and we’re still waiting for Steven Wright to come back from his 80 game suspension.
The pressure is on for the hitters
Too much pressure is on Betts, Martinez, Benintendi, and Bradley JR. Pitching should balance the hitting. This team needs to get back to All Star form to be contenders again. This team isn’t close to winning over 100 games like last season. Pitchers are constantly allowing runs, and losing games they should be winning. How can this team keep winning the World Series one year and not make the playoffs the next?
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 TheAthletic 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.
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.
This year history was made when the Boston Red Sox, once again, are world series champions for the fourth time since 2004, which broke the curse of 86 years drought of winning. People and critics are saying that this team might be the best ever, out of all the championships that the Red Sox have won. I am not disagreeing with the talent and coaching staff under manager Alex Cora, and all the moves that general manager Dave Dombrowski made last off season. The motto of the entire playoffs was “Do Damage” just like the sweatshirts said that they wore during games, and they sure delivered!
The Los Angeles Dodgers had a tough match up going against the MLB’s best Boston Red Sox, who led all of baseball with 108 wins on the season. I felt pretty confident that Boston would come out on top in the series, but didn’t expect them to be 4-1 series winners. I strongly believed after what LA did a season ago against the Houston Astros (seven games) that we surely would see 6-7 again this year, but that didn’t happen. David Price and Chris Sale dominated the entire series with the starting pitching. The bullpen also stepped up, Joe Kelly, NathanEovaldi, Craig Kimbrel in big spots. Steve Pearce was well deserved being the series MVP with his big homers late in games. Cora made all the right moves even in the longest world series game, even though they came up short.
Chris Sale, David Price, and Eduardo Nunez all opt in there contracts already for the 2019 season. Everyone is asking what they should do with Joe Kelly, Nathan Eovaldi, and Craig Kimbrel? I’d say resign what you can not for to much money but hometown discounts. Red Sox don’t need a Bryce Harper caliber player, keep the core you have at this moment. Next off season is huge so keep it at a minimum this season and wait to see a year from now and how it will play out.