I have received many requests to post a blog on the type of week Jackie Bradley Jr. has had and I couldn’t think of a more worthy topic to write about after the hot streak he has been on.
On Friday night, Steven Wright finally got his first win of the 2016 campaign. Despite a 1-2 record to show for his first three starts of the season, he has started off the 2016 season in impressive form.
The most recent buzz around Red Sox Nation has been centered on the recent call up of Christian Vazquez, however, there is still plenty of talk centered around Xander Bogaerts’ hitting power. Red Sox fans are waiting for the day when Bogaerts hits for power. However, that day won’t necessarily come until he starts belting 20+ home runs a season. The shortstop received a Silver Slugger Award last year after having a very solid offensive season. He batted .320 with 81 RBI’s, 7 home runs, and an OBP of .776, nonetheless many people were still unsatisfied with his home run total. Now, after Bogaerts hit his first home run of the 2016 season against Toronto on Saturday to help the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory, the topic of his power is coming back into play.
I was going to try and do a write up every week on the Red Sox and how they panned out over the last seven days of play. However, after Clay Buchholz’s start last night I couldn’t wait that long to write out my angst. Could this just have been one bad start to begin the 2016 season for Clay Buchholz, or is this a potential ongoing pattern to worry about for the upcoming season?
The countdown is now at six days until the Red Sox open up their highly anticipated 2016 campaign.They are finalizing their roster and four players are officially on the opening day disabled list. While you never want to see anyone start off your season on the DL, we are lucky the timetables of the injured shouldn’t be too long. Let’s take a closer look at what this means for the 2016 Red Sox in the early months or longer down the road.
Some may say it is too early to make a choice. However, how many opportunities can you give? And how long does John Farrell have to make the correct coaching decision? Pablo Sandoval has been the storyline since the day he walked into spring training. At first, the uproar coming from Red Sox Nation was about his waistline. Now the headline is whether or not he is deserving of starting at the hot corner come opening day.
Just a year shy of the official signing of Yoan Moncada, we finally get to see the spring debut of the highly anticipated 20-year-old Cuban second baseman. He is now a boy among men, trying to turn heads in Ft. Myers. And yes, he now has Red Sox Nation’s attention
Last year he put up strong numbers while playing for the Single-A Red Sox affiliate Greenville Drive, showing a .278 batting average, .380 on base percentage, and a .438 slugging percentage. Along with those numbers, he also had eight home runs to his name with 38 runs batted in, and 49 stolen bases in only 81 games. He has shown the potential to be a five-tool player while playing in Greenville. As a result of his successful stint in Greenville last year, he was given the call this spring.
The Red Sox bullpen could prove to be a much different bullpen from last year. Despite the fact that it can’t get much worse, we can be assured that there is a real reason for excitement. This offseason we obtained Craig Kimbrel from a prospect-packaged deal from San Diego on November 13th. Then, less than a month later, on December 7th, we acquired a right-handed setup man Carson Smith and lefty Roenis Elías from a trade with Seattle, that sent Wade Miley packing. I hope he likes his Starbucks because Dunkin Donuts may be hard to come by over there in Seattle. Here is a breakdown on the relievers that are going to be a staple in our bullpen:
Coming into the 2016 Red Sox season, Red Sox fans should be very eager for the competition between Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez contending for the opening day catcher role. There are several arguments as to why both could win the starting role, but besides how well they perform in spring training, let’s look at the various positives they both bring to Fort Myers.
On November 18, 1975, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, a man by the name of David Américo Ortiz Arias was born. Most may know him as “Red Sox Legend” David Ortiz.
Today marks the official opening of the 2016 Spring Training, and what is going to be David Ortiz’s last season of a storybook career that we have been watching since 1997. He is on the top of many leaderboards: 26th all time slugging percentage (.547), 27th all time in home runs (503), 30th all time in runs batted in (1,641), while having 6 silver slugger awards, 9 all star appearances, 3 World Series rings with some of the most clutch post season performances in baseball’s history. To say his career is not something to tell your grandchildren about would be rubbish.