It’s been a rough year so far to be a Red Sox fan. Bostons beloved squad is entering a series against the red hot Texas Rangers sitting just one game over .500 and four games behind he hated Yankees for first place. The panic button has been pushed multiple times by eager Sox fans early in this season already but what everyone must remember is that it’s still very early in the season. Chris Sale is on the Red Sox. David Price is coming back motavated. Mookie Betts is sending baseball after baseball into gaps or seats and Mitch Moreland hs switched from a doubles machine to a home run machine. It’s too early for panic in Boston… way too early.
Let’s all remember that the Sox have lost their starting third basemen, their backup third baseman, two members of their bullpen and a starter. This doesn’t include the outbreak of the flu that hit the Sox clubhouse (and broadcast team) harder than a Hanley Ramirez home run. These injuries don’t last forever though. David Price and Pablo Sandoval are rehabbing in the minors and both will be welcome sights to the Fenway faithful. Although Pablo didn’t start his season the way he would have liked he did produce a couple clutch dingers and will be an upgrade over Devin Marrero who is hitting under .150. David Price is definitely an upgrade over a fifth starter by committee. There’s a reason teams with a rotating spot in the rotation usually don’t make the playoffs so Price will hopefully solidify the rotation.
Underproduction has been a huge factor in the Red Sox very average start. Jackie Bradley Jr isn’t going to hit sub .200 for an entire year. He’ll get it going and hit .250 and that will be plenty of production out of him for a player of his caliber defensively. Third base will be upgraded. Whether Pablo gets back know track or the Sox find a way to make a trade, the position will be upgraded by July unless the Sox decide they aren’t contenders. The bullpen has been another need but with two pitchers in Tyler Thornburg and Carson Smith coming back before the summers end, Boston is getting two late inning guys to take pressure off Matt Barnes and Heath Hembree.
Sure we would love to have the start that’s happening in Houston but there are enough positives on this team for optimism for the future. Mookie Betts is on a mission, Dustin Pedroia is forever consistent, Xander Bogaerts is a hitting machine, Hanley and Moreland provide the pop, Chris Sale is untouchable, Craig Kimbrel is even more untouchable and Eduardo Rodriguez is becoming a star. Hope is not all lost even though the start hasn’t been strong. So a warning to the rest of the MLB: it’s only May so don’t count out the Red Sox.