Red Sox – missing a true starter?

Early Struggles

Red Sox starters

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.

Dallas Keuchel

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 Houston Astros 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.

What’s next

Red Sox David Price starting

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?

Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts, center, celebrates with teammates after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 for the team’s 100th win of the season after a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) ORG XMIT: MACK115
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Damage Done! 2018 Boston Red Soxs World Series Champions

Damage Done!

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!

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Series Recap:

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, Nathan Eovaldi, 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.

Looking Ahead:

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.

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