15 Bold Predictions For The Boston Red Sox In 2017
The Boston Red Sox are all in for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. Boston made numerous moves to increase their chances to win the World Series, including acquiring ace starter Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox for prized prospect Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe, and Victor Diaz. The trade sent a signal to the rest of the MLB that the Red Sox will accept nothing less than winning the World Series, as the Red Sox now have the reigning Cy Young Award winner in Rick Porcello, David Price, and Chris Sale as the big three in their starting rotation. Additionally, the Red Sox acquired Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers to go along with the returning from injury Carson Smith and elite closer Craig Kimbrel.
Across the MLB, teams have plenty of weaknesses, but the Red Sox do not appear to have one. Even Pablo Sandoval is a man on a mission this season, looking to return from one of the worst years in recent Red Sox history. Across the board the Red Sox are set up to be top contenders, being dubbed by their rival New York Yankees’ General Manager Brian Cashman as “the Golden State Warriors of the MLB.” But not all plans work out exactly as put together, and we can’t know for sure how the Red Sox will do until the season ends. With that in mind, let’s look at a list of 15 bold predictions for the Boston Red Sox 2017 season. Will they win it all? Find out.
15. PABLO SANDOVAL HITS ABOVE .280 IN OVER 400 AT BATS
14. MOOKIE BETTS HAS A 40-40 SEASON
Last season Mookie Betts did not only put his name on the map, he made himself into the entire map. Betts dominated Major League Baseball, showing that he is an elite outfielder that deserves to be considered as the next best in the league after Mike Trout. Considering Betts is still developing, that means that the Red Sox outfielder will only get better from here. With that in mind, we see Betts having another career year in 2017, hitting 40 home runs and stealing 40 bases. An MVP Award could be in the works for Betts as well, but with Mike Trout still plugging along for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, that is a tough expectation to have of the Red Sox top outfielder.