The Boston Red Sox won the 2018 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games. This was the first World Series title for Boston since 2013. Alex Cora was in his first year as manager last season. They were the best team in baseball all year long and won over 100 games.
The Red Sox will be the hunted this season. Their rivals the New York Yankees also won 100 games last season and Boston took them down in the ALDS. Boston will look to be the first team to repeat as MLB Champions since New York three-peated in 1998, 1999, and 2000.
The Boston Red Sox will have one of the best rosters in baseball again this season. Sandy Leon will be the starting catcher. Christian Vasquez and Blake Swihart will compete for the backup catcher job.
Rafael Devers will be the starting third baseman, Xander Bogaerts will be the starting shortstop, Dustin Pedroia will be the starting second baseman, and Mitch Moreland will be the starting first baseman.
Brock Holt, Eduardo Nunez, and Steve Pearce will be the key backups on this roster.
The starting outfield will be Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Mookie Betts. J.D. Martinez will be the designated hitter.
Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, Nathan Eovaldi, and Eduardo Rodriguez will be the starting pitchers.
Craig Kimbrel is still unsigned and it is going to be interesting to see whether or not the Boston Red Sox decide to bring him back. As of right now, the projected closer is Ryan Brasier.
Matt Barnes, Tyler Thornburg, and Brandon Workman will be some of the key pitchers in the bullpen.
Boston will start their first spring training game on Saturday, February 23 against the New York Yankees at JetBlue Park in Florida.
Opening day for the Red Sox will be against the Seattle Mariners on the road on Thursday, March 28. Boston’s home opener will be against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, April 9.