The 2017 lineup for the Boston Red Sox looks quite doubtful thus far. Most of Boston’s outfield was down for a good deal of the season, including their newest outfielder, J. D. Drew, who is notorious for his health concerns. Due to these things and more, this season will probably be pretty rough for the Red Sox.
Jason Varitek is 35 and fading quickly toward retirement. His defense is dropping, and his OPS+ plunged a whole 40 points. The injury to his knee didn’t assist him over the summertime either. Varitek should still reveal some durability, even though his reign as the finest offensive catcher is over.
Many people were impressed with the 91 walks that very first baseman Kevin Youkilis drew in 2015 and fans are waiting for more of the very same. Though not playing at the house, Fenway Park, he must still play a great video game. Dustin Pedroia finally has a chance to shine this season. He hasn’t performed well when offered his possibility; some serious improvements need to come from him this year. Lowell is typically considered a wizard with a glove– as long as the ball is within range. Lowell catches a right amount of balls that come into his zone, however, does not have in range. He also tends to fall off to the last half of the season.
Julio Lugo, Bostons’ starting shortstop for 2017, is in an excellent position for this year. David Ortiz is one of the best hitters in all of the baseball and the Red Sox ought to be able to depend on him for many runs.
The pitching rotation will go as follows; Curt Schilling, Josh Becket, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jonathon Papelbon, and Tim Wakefield. Schilling is perspective for this year, in addition to Wakefield is. Papelbon suffered a recent shoulder injury, and pitching 120 more innings than he did in 2015 isn’t posting likely to treat that injury any great.
The predicted closers for this year are quite dubious looking. Last season, Donnelly made his biggest ERA and worsted K/BB ratio of his profession. Pineiro has been no better in the past two years so that the bullpen might get pretty ugly this year.
The biggest feat that will impact Boston the most this year is the bullpen. It will most likely cost them their chance at the department. They do not have great closing players, and Delcarmen and Hansen are clearly not ready for the major leagues, so Boston is left pretty open ended at this moment.
The 2017 lineup for the Boston Red Sox looks pretty doubtful thus far. Julio Lugo, Bostons’ starting shortstop for 2007, is in a great position for this year. Papelbon suffered a recent shoulder injury, and pitching 120 more innings than he did last year isn’t going to treat that injury any great.
Pineiro has been no better in the previous two years so that the bullpen might get pretty unsightly this year.
The biggest thing that will affect Boston the most this year is the bullpen.