Well, the Red Sox officially began their spring training and their quest for another World Series Championship. Spring is in sight, anxiety is kicking in, and the skeptics are starting to come out. So, that means one thing, baseball is almost here!
It has officially sunk in; Chris Sale is a Red Sox. Everyone knew it was going to take a lot to land a type of deal for the 27 year old, 5-time all-star, lefty pitcher.
Remember when Dave Dombrowski interrupted John Farrell’s end of the season press conference making the big announcement that Farrell would be back in 2017 and as for the rest of the coaching staff there would be no changes.
It is officially the post-season, the Red Sox are AL East Champions, and their first stop is the ALDS against the Cleveland Indians. If you told me a year ago, that they would win the division and have over 90 wins, I may have laughed at that notion. However, now I am laughing at my last year’s self.
There has been plenty to talk about in terms of the Red Sox late-season push for the playoffs. Thier offense has been red hot and starting pitching has been more reliable than ever giving the team a chance to win on a nightly basis. However, one thing that needs more attention is how the Red Sox are building up a dangerous bullpen heading into October.
Yesterday’s Red Sox game was one of the best wins of the 2016 season yet. Coming into the 9th inning, down 5-2, it seemed as if the Red Sox were going to lose the divisional game.
Last Tuesday Clay Buchholz got the nod to start against Tampa Bay. He tossed a good outing and picked up his 5th win of the season going 6.1 IP, giving up 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, and 9 Ks. However, despite a great performance, his role for the foreseeable future will be as an 8th inning set up man.
Once a backup catcher who went unnoticed and ignored, Sandy Leon couldn’t have had a bigger turnaround than he has had so far.