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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Marcus Stroman – On the Comeback

Overview:

Toronto Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman is poised to have a break out 2019 campaign. Its been a rough past couple of seasons for the Toronto star because of injures and such. There was a lot of hype when the “Stro Show” entered the MLB as a rookie in 2014, as a 23 year old protege. The intensity that Marcus brings to the table when he is on the mound is incredible. He was recently quoted saying that “I’m going to be special this year”.

Linked to trade talks:

In recent days and over off the season a lot of ball clubs were looking for starting pitching to boost their rotations. The Houston Astros were the most recent team looking at Marcus to make their rotation better. If he were to get traded at some point during the season he will help a team instantly. If Toronto doesn’t have the season that they have hoped for I see him getting dealt by trade deadline. Even though Stroman would prefer to stay with the Jays, it’s inevitable.

A.L. CY Young Candidate:

The CY Young award is equivalent to the M.V.P award but instead of going to the best player it goes to the best pitcher.If Stroman comes back to the right form he will be considered in the running for the CY Young award. The American League has a lot of dominant pitchers but if he’s healthy, he’ll be a top ten candidate.

Expectations for 2019:

 

Stroman can be a legitimate all star consideration if healthy. Toronto fans must be excited to see what he brings through the first half of the year. The upside that he has is tremendous. Toronto has a new manager at the helm for this season. Marcus Stroman 2019 Predictions; Win 12-15 games, ERA between 2.80 – 3.00 and about 180 strikeouts.

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How the Boston Red Sox got to the World Series!

How They Got Here:

The Boston Red Sox had the best record in Major League Baseball (108-54). Manager Alex Cora came to Boston last off season after winning the world series with the Houston Astros, as the bench coach. Cora brought the determination from a season ago to lead the Red Sox to the World Series. The Red Sox will try to bring home another championship for the city of Boston. Players like Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez have stepped up huge this past season and emerged as leaders. They now have a chance to continue this  historic run to the trophy. Also, have to give credit to the pitching staff as well. The first series they beat the rival New York Yankees (3-1) in the ALDS. Next up was the Astros in the ALCS. A tough opponent but the Sox came up on top and won the series (4-1).

The Opponent – Los Angeles Dodgers

Their opponent is making back to back World Series appearances, the Los Angeles Dodgers under manager Dave Roberts. Roberts has ties to the Sox because he was the player back in the 2004 American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees. He stole the iconic second base and never looked back from there! LA made a splash by acquiring Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles right before the July 31st trade deadline. Machado has had issues against the Sox in the past with Dustin Pedoria sliding into second base, that caused a whole ruckus. Even in the National League Championship series against the Milwaukee Brewers he was still causing problems. Hopefully going forward no more issues will be brought into the fall classic.

Fall Classic Preview:

Who would of thought that the 2018 MLB season would come down to the Dodgers and the Red Sox. Experts and analysts probably knew on how last season ended that LA would be back to the World Series or even close to it. On the other hand, Boston was an underdog preseason yet made all the right moves. A new manger and signing one of the most prized free agents late into spring training.  He had a heck of season and is in the running for the MVP of the league. Its good to see the Sox back into contention for another ring. Last championship was brought in 2013 and that was a great one. Talk about timing, the chip came shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings earlier in the season. Both organizations deserve to be where there are at this time in the season.

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