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 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.
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.
Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello has come a long way from his first year with Boston.
The Red Sox have lost 5 out of the last 6 games and went 4-5 in their last big homestand of the season. Now, they are about to go on a daunting 11-game West Coast road trip. Is this a safe time to say that we should be a little concerned still with our pitching? I think so. Should Dave Dombrowski retract his statement that the team isn’t looking to add another significant piece? Probably.
I know there are many great things to talk about in terms of the Red Sox’s performance during the first half, but I’m going to talk about the weaknesses that the team needs to focus on improving in the second half. If they fix some key issues and continue doing the things they are doing well, we could be very happy come playoff time. But, the issues are not small.
Coming into the 2016 season, the Red Sox had a bunch of “what if’s” that needed to fall into place in order for Red Sox fans to feel comfortable with this year’s team. Before the season even got underway, the “what if’s” seemed even more formidable when Eduardo Rodriguez and Carson Smith landed themselves on the disabled list before opening day.