Predicting the Boston Red Sox bullpen pitchers is no easy feat after the first full week of Grapefruit League games. There are many slots and many talented candidates. These bullpen pitchers represent the difference between winning and losing a game. The starting rotation looks good in the 2 and 3 innings they are tossing during Spring Training games. Will this hold up in regular season games when the expectation is for them to take the mound for 5 or 7 innings? No matter, the bullpen needs to be ready to lead the offense and keep opponent bats at bay deep into the game.
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Rusney Castillo is back on the sidelines due a strained oblique, leaving one less competitor (for now) vying for a chance to play centerfield.
It was almost as if I saw Jeff Probst, host of Survivor, put out Castillo’s torch, and say “the tribe has spoken,” when I heard the news. Jackie Bradley Jr. may be the only one happy about the strained oblique. Everyone thought Bradley would be headed to Pawtucket. Now he could be on his way to Fenway to play centerfield, or at least in the Boston dugout. It reminds me of 2013, but I think it’s a bit too early to say he will be playing in the opening game.
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At the position of catcher, the Boston Red Sox have a combination of youth and experience in Christian Vazquez, Ryan Hanigan and top prospect Blake Swihart.
Vazquez proved dependable behind the plate last year. Dan Shaughnessy reported in a Boston Globe article last week about the growth and impact he had last season, specifically quickly turning plays and enduring the changing cast of characters on the mound. Even more impressive was Vazquez ability to be a consistent asset at the plate with bat in hand. Over 55 games and 175 at bats, after the call up to the majors, Vazquez slashed a .240/.308/.309. These are not overwhelming numbers, but with 20 RBI and 19 drawn walks he made more of an impact than most by getting himself on base or assisting his teammates in crossing home plate. Continue reading Red Sox 2015 Preview: Vazquez, Hanigan, Swihart »
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The Boston Red Sox had trouble with health as well as a lack of power and average in the outfield in 2014, but the additions of Hanley Ramirez, a healthy Shane Victorino and even the Cuban Rusney Castillo should be an upgrade of the minor leaguers and bench players the Red Sox had for most of last season. Sure, the trade of Yoenis Cespedes hurts the pop a bit, but it should should be an intriguing outfield to watch in spring training.
Left Field: Hanley Ramirez, Daniel Nava
Ramirez will see the bulk of the playing time in left, but Nava should be able to sneak a start here and there against a tough right-handed starter. Continue reading Red Sox 2015 Preview: Ramirez, Victorino, Betts, Castillo, Nava »
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It had been 86 years between World Series titles when the Boston Red Sox finally won in 2004. It has been 20 years longer (and counting?) for the Chicago Cubs, and former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is trying to recreate the formula that led him to that drought-ending title a little over 10 years ago in Boston.
Apparently, he’s going about it quite literally, as the Cubs have hired former Red Sox Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis, who both played on the 2004 World Series Champion Red Sox, as consultants. Get the band back together, Theo!
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The Boston Red Sox starting rotation lacks the star power that the 2015 lineup bolsters, but it does provide a sort of lack of depth that was not there in the 2014 season. The starters should be able to eat up innings while also being durable from whoever the “ace of the staff” is to the fifth starter. The Red Sox just need these pitchers to pitch deep into the games while keeping the opposition to fewer than five runs per game.
Not only do the Red Sox start the season in a National League ballpark, but the Philadelphia Phillies have a couple aging lefties in Chase Utley and Ryan Howard who Miley could take advantage of in his first start for the team. Continue reading Red Sox 2015 Preview: Buchholz, Porcello, Miley, Masterson, Kelly »
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Former Cuban free agent and infielder Yoan Moncada agreed to a deal with the Boston Red Sox with a $31.5 million signing bonus. Moncada is switch hitter filled with power and skill. When all the dust settles on the deal, it could be worth $63 million.
In Cuba, Moncada played two seasons for the Cienfuegos of the Cuban National Series before asking the Cuban government to leave for the United States in 2014 to pursue a career in the major leagues. During his 2 years in Cuba, he hit .277/.388/.380 and stole 21 bases. Continue reading Red Sox and Yoan Moncada Reach Agreement »
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