Spring Brings Thoughts of Red Sox Baseball
Brian Cohen, Veritas Staff
Baseball fans from New England are envisioning the summer because their Red Sox have taken the field in Fort Myers, Florida to prepare for the upcoming season.
The pitchers and catchers reported on February 20 but most of the players had already arrived. As of now, the Red Sox have less than a month to prepare for the season as their opening day is April 6 against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Red Sox went from worst to first two years ago, but can they do it again?
The offseason began with the signing of two big time sluggers. The additions of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez should help the Red Sox bring their pop back. They will add depth to an already solid lineup. David Ortiz and Mike Napoli will benefit greatly from these acquisitions. Both Ortiz and Napoli are RBI guys. Their job is to drive runners in. How will they produce with nobody getting on base ahead of them? The Sox are hoping that these two will benefit greatly from the two free agent pickups.
The biggest question circling Red Sox Nation this winter has been the pitching staff. The Red Sox lost to the Chicago Cubs in a race to sign Jon Lester. Immediately after Lester signed with the Cubs, the Sox traded for Wade Miley and Rick Porcello. They also signed free agent right-hander Justin Masterson to a single year deal. These pitchers may not be “superstars,” however they are all groundball pitchers which should help the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
The key to the Red Sox’ success in the 2015 season will be health. They were slammed by injuries last season to key players such as Clay Buchholz and Dustin Pedroia.
Many are anticipating Buchholz to be the ace for the 2015 Red Sox. He has proved that he is one of the most dominant pitchers in the American League when healthy.
The Sox also need to have a healthy Dustin Pedroia patrolling second base. Early reports out of camp are that Pedroia is the healthiest he has been in over two years. As fans well know, Pedey has had a variety of wrist and hand injuries the past two plus seasons.
The Red Sox had an active offseason with the signings of some big name players. The season has not even started yet and there are questions surrounding the pitching staff. If the staff can hold up and be affective, the offense has the potential to be the best in baseball. The team is strong on paper but they have proved nothing until they can pull them together on the field this summer.