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Three Red Sox Needs

By on October 9, 2015 at 7:43pm

Earlier in the week we looked at some of the Red Sox’ current organizational strengths heading into the offseason, and now we are taking a look at some needs the team will be working to improve on this winter. Most of them are pretty obvious and involve pitching, but let’s get into it. Below are the Red Sox three most glaring needs, in no particular order.

An Ace

This one has already been talked about a lot and is pretty obvious, as 2015 proved the harsh reality that a rotation full of mediocre pitchers gets a team nowhere. The Red Sox are in a good position with some of their younger pitchers, including Eduardo Rodriguez, Henry Owens, and Brian Johnson, but those guys are not yet ready to be legitimate number one starters. Fortunately, the Free Agent and Trade markets are likely to be flush with top-notch starting pitching; it will be up to Dave Dombrowski to decide how to allocate his resources and improve the roster. Aside from the obvious talent improvement that would come with an established Ace, such an acquisition would also create more competition among the rest of the roster’s pitchers, as there would be one less spot in the rotation available. This competition would be great for both veterans, like Wade Miley and Rick Porcello, and younger players like Owens and Johnson. Competition breeds improvement, which is sorely needed throughout the Red Sox pitching staff.

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It's been a couple of days, but I'm still giddy and grinning that the Yankees lost and former Red Sox/$153 million man Jacoby Ellsbury didn't even start. (US News)

It almost made this season entirely worth it. Another year out of the playoff race by August (and that’s optimistic), another last place finish, and one American League Wild Card game nearly undid all the futility of the 2015 season – and the Red Sox were already home hitting the links.

Such is my hatred and vitriol for the New York Yankees that I can find near complete solace in their shutout loss at the hands of Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros in the AL Wild Card round. Yes, that’s how pathetic this past season was.

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Three Red Sox Strengths

October 7, 2015 at 8:30pm in Featured, Opinion, Red Sox, Top Story
Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts, and Rusney Castillo (Caylor Arnold/USA Today Sports)

Now that the offseason is officially upon us a month sooner than most fans would like, the time has come to take stock of the Red Sox organization, see just where they stand, and try to figure out how they will proceed going into and through the offseason. Since there is always a give/take, ying/yang, etc. we will cover both ends of the emotional spectrum, but for now let’s start on a positive note and take a look at three areas of organizational strength that can be built upon going forward.

The Lineup

It’s no secret that the Red Sox need a good amount of pitching improvements if they want to contend in 2016 and beyond. The everyday lineup, however, appears to be in very good shape as currently constituted. Five Red Sox posted an OPS right at or near .800: David Ortiz (.913), Dustin Pedroia (.797), Mookie Betts (.820), Jackie Bradley Jr. (.832), and Travis Shaw (.822). Additionally, the Red Sox as a team finished among the Major League leaders in several offensive categories including:


6th in Batting Average – .265

5th in OBP – .325

7th in Slugging – .415

4th in Runs Scored – 748

4th in RBI – 706

6th in wOBA – .321


Pretty impressive. Keep in mind that all of this was accomplished despite two of the lineup’s alleged staples – Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval – were worse than replacement level and a complete drain on the offense. The Red Sox had a top-6 offense in the baseball in 2015, with potential to be top-3 in 2016.

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Don Orsillo says goodbye during his last game at Fenway Park on Sunday, September 27, 2015.(Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

While player performance on the field remained the same, The Red Sox 2015 season came to a close Sunday afternoon with many changes off the field including the departure of NESN announcer Don Orsillo, reinstatement of manager John Farell, and hire of Torey Lovullo to bench coach position.

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Greenville Drive third baseman, Yoan Moncada, enjoyed an electric second half to his 2015 season landing him the number one spot in Baseball America’s top prospects in the South Atlantic league.  The League has single-A affiliates from the the New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals, and Baltimore Orioles major league franchises.

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A couple more two home run, five RBI performances, Blake, and we can escape from New York without giving the Yankees the satisfaction of their 10,000th win - together. (Boston Globe)

Lord knows it’s been months since I’ve asked anything of the 2015 Boston Red Sox. Mired in last place and saddled with two free agent splashes that never made it out of the shallow end, what was there to ask?

But with only a few games left, I do have one final request as a Red Sox fan dying a death of a thousand misplayed Hanley Ramirez fly balls.

Please, please don’t give the New York Yankees the pleasure of beating us for their 10,000th win in franchise history. Continue reading Can the Red Sox Avoid Being the Victim of the Yankees 10,000th Win? Please? »

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This week, the Washington Nationals were tied up in a 4-4 game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. when MVP candidate Bryce Harper stepped to the plate. Before getting to the at bat it is important to mention some history. This season the Nationals were favored to win the NL East by just about everyone in baseball. Ex-Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon was acquired from the Phillies to help do just that two months ago. In the last few months the Nationals have seen the NL East slip away to the New York Mets and any wild card hope has been stomped out by an extremely competitive NL Central with the Cardinals leading the way and the Pirates and Cubs battling each other for a 1-game home playoff to advance to the divisional round. Just this week the Nationals were officially eliminated from playoff contention. Continue reading Ex-Sox closer Papelbon Brawls With MVP Candidate Bryce Harper »

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