Boston Red Sox Spring 2020 Training Preview

After winning the World Series in 2018, the Boston Red Sox missed the playoffs last season. To make matters worse, they decided to part ways with Manager Alex Cora in the offseason.

One of the reasons why Cora was let go because he was a part of the stealing sign schemes with the Houston Astros in 2017. Houston won the World Series that season against the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games.

Alex Cora was the bench coach for them that season. Boston also defeated Los Angeles in five games of the World Series in 2018.

The Red Sox still don’t have a new manager yet, but Chaim Bloom is the new General Manager. Bloom decided to trade David Price and Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also acquired outfielder Alex Verdugo, shortstop prospect Jeter Downs, and catching prospect Connor Wong. This was a very good trade for both sides as well.

The Minnesota Twins also acquired starting pitcher Kenta Maeda and Los Angeles also acquired Brusdar Graterol, who is a right-handed pitcher and he is only 21 years old.

Boston could contend for a wild card spot in the American League this season. The New York Yankees will be the favorites to win the American League East. The Tampa Bay Rays will probably finish in second place.

The Toronto Blue Jays could be the biggest threat to the Boston Red Sox when it comes to finishing in third place in the American League East. Toronto will most likely finish in fourth place though. The Baltimore Orioles will most likely finish in last place in the American League East.

The Boston Red Sox’s projected lineup this season will be 1. (OF) Alex Verdugo 2. (3B) Rafael Devers 3. (SS) Xander Bogaerts 4. (DH) J.D. Martinez 5. (OF) Andrew Benintendi 6. (2B) Michael Chavis 7. (1B) Mitch Moreland 8. (C) Christian Vazquez and 9. (OF) Jackie Bradley Jr.

The key backups on this roster will be: (C) Kevin Plawecki, (IF) Bobby Dalbec, (IF) Jonathan Arauz, (IF) C.J. Chatham, and (OF) Marcus Wilson.

The projected starting rotation will be 1. Chris Sale 2. Eduardo Rodriguez 3. Nathan Eovaldi 4. Martin Perez and 5. Matt Hall.

This could be a very weak starting rotation. Rodriguez is a shaky number two starter. Eovaldi isn’t a bad number three starter. Perez and Hall are by far the weak links in the rotation.

Ryan Braiser will most likely be the closer for Boston this season. The bullpen could be a struggle this season and we will see what happens.

The Red Sox will play their spring training games at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida.

They will begin spring training games against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, February 22.

Pitchers and catchers have to report on Tuesday, February 11. The other players have to report by Sunday, February 16.

Boston will begin the season on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays for a four-game set starting on Thursday, March 26.

The Boston Red Sox will not have their home opener until Thursday, April 2 for a three-game set against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park.

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