Red Sox Spring Training Report

By Brian Garland

 

Fort Myers, FL Here’s something you may have heard before: Chris Sale is on the Boston Red Sox. It really happened. Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay should be a sneak preview for w hat is to come, and that’s power pitching. All eyes were on the long left-hander, and he did not disappoint. On offense, the Red Sox came out swinging from the start and received contributions from some not-so-familiar faces: Mitch Moreland and Pablo Sandoval. They drove in a run each in the third inning, and that was all that new Red Sox ace Chris Sale needed. There can only be so much to take away from a Spring Training game, but it’s a reminder that spring is coming soon and winter will be sent down to the minors where it belongs.

These games don’t count, but they’re much more fun to look at than the snow and rain outside. Our own staff writer Alyssa Raymond was at the game Saturday and I’m not sure whether to be impressed or jealous at the pictures she took. I’ll just be both. While it looks like the starting pitching will be excellent this season, the offense is more of an unknown. For one, the Red Sox will adjust to without their clutch-hitting designated hitter David Ortiz. The Red Sox were statistically a Top 5 offense last year, but they’ ll have to replace Ortiz’s leadership. Also, his 30 home runs and 100 RBIs.

Even if the question is what players will be on the roster this season is answered, the greater question is where to put them. Acquiring Chris Sale was a major trade, but there are other deals they made that raise questions. At third base, the Red Sox traded their former starter Travis Shaw as well as the prospect they groomed to be the future third baseman, Yoan Moncada. Spring Training is the much-needed time for the Red Sox to ease into the return of Pablo Sandoval, who is expected to be a starter again for the first time since May 2015. There are enough “best shape of his life!” stories to go around about Pablo Sandoval, but he looks like he’ll break more bats than belts this season. The batting order is one small reason to watch these “meaningless” games. Red Sox manager John Farrell says Dustin Pedroia is expected to be the full-time leadoff hitter, and Pedroia led off in this game. Mookie Betts batted third and Hanley Ramirez batted fourth.

This could be a unique case with Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr. and other presumptive starters getting the day off. The defending AL East Champion Red Sox start the 2017 regular season in just three weeks, and all these questions of who goes where will finally be answered. Until next time.

+ posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related

BSU Winter Sports Championship

The Bridgewater State Bears played in their first season since the COVID-19 pandemic, as last season was canceled. Here is how the BSU Winter season played out! Track & Field: The BSU Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams had spectacular seasons this year. Their first meet of this season was the Art Kadish City Challenge. […]

MLB Lockout Article

Baseball fans around the country eagerly tuned to social media Monday night, phones in hand for hours on end. Thousands of people across the nation, hoping a deal would be made between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association to prevent a delay to the start of the season. MLB created a deadline of […]

NBA Midseason Report

The NBA Midseason point saw Team LeBron defeat Team Durant 163-160 in the 2022 All-Star game in Cleveland, Ohio on February, 20th. Team LeBron ended up winning a total of $450,000 for the Kent State I Promise Scholars Program, and Team Durant won $300,000 for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. But behind the charity was […]

BSU Scores Before Spring Break

Winter:   Men’s Basketball  Regular season   February 16- Bridgewater 69 Fitchburg State 73  February 18- Bridgewater 73 MCLA 79  MASCAC Tournament  Semifinal February 22- #6 Bridgewater 53 #3 Worcester State 79  Women’s Basketball  Regular season  February 16- Bridgewater 97 Fitchburg State 53  February 18- Bridgewater 85 MCLA 35  MASCAC Tournament  Semifinal February 22- #2 Bridgewater […]