2021 Spring Training: Boston Red Sox Have Brighter Days Ahead
The Boston Red Sox finished in last place in the American League East last season. Boston has one of the worst farm systems in all of baseball. General manager Chaim Bloom is going to have to rebuild it one way or another.
The good news for the Red Sox is that Alex Cora is back as the team’s manager for the 2021 regular season and potentially beyond. Cora did not manage the team last season because he was let go due to the cheating scandal of the Houston Astros back in 2017 as Houston’s bench coach.
Boston will not have many intriguing players on the roster since outfielder Mookie Betts isn’t with them any longer, but brighter days could be potentially ahead for them.
It was only in 2018 where the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in five games against the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, Boston could be in the cellar of the American League East with the Baltimore Orioles for the 2021 regular season. The New York Yankees, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Toronto Blue Jays will be better than the Boston Red Sox this year.
Eduardo Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Richards, Martin Perez, and Nick Pivetta will be the starting pitchers for the Boston Red Sox. Chris Sale will start the season on the 60-day injured list. He is by far Boston’s best starting pitcher when he is healthy.
This starting rotation doesn’t scare anyone really. Eovaldi can catch fire every now and then. Pivetta will be an interesting name to keep an eye during the regular season in the starting rotation for the Red Sox.
Matt Barnes (closer), Ryan Brasier, Adam Ottavino, Darwinzon Hernandez, and Josh Taylor will be the key and main guys in the Boston Red Sox bullpen. This could very well be the weak link and the Achilles heel of the Boston.
Barnes could be very good this for Boston. Ottavino was acquired in a trade from the New York Yankees this past offseason.
(C) Christian Vazquez, (1B) Bobby Dalbec, (2B) Enrique Hernandez, (3B) Rafael Devers, (SS) Xander Bogaerts, (LF) Hunter Renfroe, (CF) Alex Verdugo, (RF) Yairo Munoz, and (DH) J.D. Martinez.
Outfielder Marwin Gonzalez and infielder Michael Chavis will be two of the key backups on the Boston Red Sox roster.
Dalbec is going to be a stud this season for the Boston Red Sox. Hernandez was signed as a free agent. He played with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, who happened to win the 2020 World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays in six games.
Devers is the heartbeat of the Boston Red Sox. He is one of the best third baseman in the entire sport of baseball.
Rafael Devers is a tremendous fielder and he can also hit for power and contact.
Bogaerts is also looking to have a bounce back season with the Boston Red Sox. He was very inconsistent last season for them.
Verdugo is hoping to have a tremendous season with Boston. He has a ton of potential with them and it did show some potential and flashes last season.
Sunday February 28th: First spring training game happened against the Minnesota Twins.
Thursday April 1st: Opening day at home against the Baltimore Orioles.
Thursday April 8th: Road opener also against the Baltimore Orioles.
Do you think the Boston Red Sox will once again finish in last place in the American League East this season or no? Leave a comment below.
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