Boston Red-Sox 2017 Preview

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Boston Red Sox' Mookie Betts watches his home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Baltimore. Betts hit three home runs as the Red Sox won 6-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

 

Led by John Farrell, the Red-Sox look improve upon their 2016 season in which they did win the AL East, were eliminated by the Cleveland Indians in the Play Offs. 2017 brings a new year with a fresh canvas, but that comes with a whole lot of expectations for 2017. The team acquired Chris Sale from the White-Sox this off-season but did ship away phenom Yoan Moncada. It sure is crazy when a team can trade a player like Moncada and still hold unto their top prospect in Andrew Benintendi. The Red Sox are primed for success in 2017 with a stronger lineup, a strong bull pen, and an even stronger rotation spear headed by Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, and David Price. The Red Sox are very very good on paper headed in to 2017 and at this point anything other than a title is a bust.

2017 Projected Record: 97–65 (Wins Al East)

Award winners:

Andrew Benintendi (ROY)

Mookie Betts (2nd in MVP voting)

Projected Line up

  1. Dustin Pedroia
  2. Andrew Benintendi
  3. Mookie Betts
  4. Xander Bogaerts
  5. Hanley Ramirez
  6. Jackie Bradley Jr.
  7. Pablo Sandoval
  8. Mitch Moreland
  9. Sandy Leon

Projected Rotation

  1. Chris Sale
  2. David Price
  3. Rick Porcello
  4. Drew Pomeranz
  5. Eduardo Rodriguez

Projected Bull-pen

Closer. Craig Kimbrel

Setup. Carson Smith

Setup. Tyler Thornburg

Setup. Joe Kelly

The only thing that could cause a lag on improvement is the loss of David Ortiz. The team will need to look to others to improve and lead this team in order to have a successful 2017 season. Players like Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, and Pablo Sandoval will need to pick up the slack left by the retirement of David Ortiz.

The Boston Red-Sox look very good on paper in headed into 2017. Led by a stellar rotation and a strong offense.

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