15 Bold Predictions For The Boston Red Sox In 2017

15 Bold Predictions For The Boston Red Sox In 2017

Source: Thesportster.com

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

Last year Pablo Sandoval barely managed to take the field for the Boston Red Sox. His season was cut short by a combination of injury woes and weight problems. Red Sox fans booed him practically off the roster due to his lack of offense and overall lack of conditioning. Now, Sandoval is looking to get back into the swing of things for the upcoming season. Sandoval even bunted in his first at bat of spring training, looking to show his increased conditioning and new ability to succeed in the MLB once again. The Red Sox will need for Sandoval to contribute throughout the season, as they moved Travis Shaw to the Milwaukee Brewers in the Tyler Thornburg trade and Yoan Moncada in the Chris Sale deal.

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.

13. JOE KELLY EMERGES AS TOP SET UP MAN

As we stated previously, the Red Sox’ top set up man options are expected to be Carson Smith and Tyler Thornburg. While Smith and Thornburg are expected to have great seasons for Boston, there is a darkhorse candidate that Red Sox fans should keep an eye on. Joe Kelly had an awful season last year, but there is more to his story. He developed a couple of new pitches towards the end of the season that appear to be lethal additions to his holster. Kelly is expected to be a full-time member of the Red Sox’ bullpen for next season, and working full time in that role should afford him the opportunity to finally properly develop his pitches and reach his full potential in the MLB.

12. JACKIE BRADLEY JR. STRUGGLES MIGHTILY

Jackie Bradley Jr. was nearly traded in the past to Seattle Mariners for Charlie Furbush, but the Mariners decided not to take the deal. Perhaps that partially sheds some light into why the Mariners are where the Mariners are now. But the Mariners may be redeemed by Bradley’s struggles in the upcoming season. Bradley had an awful career up until last season, then lit up the MLB for the first half of last season. However, as the second half of the season came around Bradley struggled once again. While no one would argue Bradley is not an elite fielder, his bat is always going to be the question mark. The bat won’t come around this year despite doing so in the past, and the Red Sox will have problems.

11. MITCH MORELAND GETS BOOED OUT OF BOSTON

Imagine being tasked with replacing David Ortiz? Yikes. That’s the task that Mitch Moreland faces, even if the Red Sox are trying to diminish what Moreland has to do. Moreland will be the new first base/designated hitter option to replace the retiring Ortiz, and coming off of an off season with the Texas Rangers will not help matters. While Hanley Ramirez will help replace plenty of Ortiz’ production, in the end Moreland will have to do his part. Considering how much Red Sox fans loved Ortiz, they will not take kindly to any struggles by the newest member of the Red Sox organization. Moreland will find himself booed out of Boston before he gets the chance to succeed in his new environment and team.

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