Boston is a team that has gotten older and have made a big move in the off-season to get superstar David Price, but Price hasn't found a home after several stops. Is Bean Town the place for DP?
He was awful in the post-season last year for Toronto, throwing to the tune of a 6.17 ERA, but make no mistake about it, David Price (18-5, 2.45) is an ace and what I love about this pitcher is he can preserve a bullpen by throwing in excess of 120 pitches per ball game. Not many pitchers have that ability and are able to remain at such a high level of quality pitching.
It's plain and simple, the Red Sox are looking for a 20 win season out of Price and while I'm concentrating on just the pitching in this article, he must receive run support in order for this to happen.
Price averaged a strikeout per inning last season and is not a pitcher that will give up a ton of homers. Of course with the “Green Monster” out in left field, this will definitely help Price on the defensive end and look for a big season out of the left-hander. This was a superb MLB pick by Boston.
Another guy that won't give up a ton of homers is #2 starter Clay Buchholz (7-7, 3.26). In just 18 starts, Buchholz allowed a mere 6 home runs and the ERA speaks for itself in a tough, hard-hitting American League.
If Buchholz can get a full season under his belt, the Red Sox will be looking strong at the #1 and 2 positions in the starting rotation. Buchholz has a 10 game winning streak in the past to his credit, therefore this is a pitcher that has to be taken seriously.
Here Comes Trouble
I remember Rick Porcello being respectable for the Detroit Tigers, but when you lose 15 games and only win 9 in 2015 with a near 5.00 ERA, how “respectable” can that be? Porcello is a winning pitcher for his career and I'm sure that the Red Sox hope that he breaks even and provides innings. I wouldn't write this pitcher off, but in the #3 position in the rotation, he's not a major asset or appealing. Opposing hitters, as expected, hit .287 off of Porcello last season.
At just 22 years of age and a 10-6 record last season with a 3.85 ERA, the Red Sox have high hopes for starter, Eduardo Rodriguez. If there any signs of trouble with Porcello, Rodriguez should breeze past Porcello in the rotation as he might be the difference in the Red Sox' season.
Right Where He Belongs
At 10-6 with a 4.82 ERA, right-hander, Joe Kelly, has pitched better in the past and he's solid as either a #4 or #5 guy in the rotation. What Kelly does is simply keep his team in the game and allow the offense to take over.
If you look at his record in relation to his earned run average last year, the offense provided support, but Kelly is capable of pitching better and he's still a relatively young pitcher at just 27 years of age. This is just a gut feeling and if any of you remember my baseball record from last season, my gut was right most of the time; Joe Kelly is going to pitch well this season and surprise people.
+1400 To Win the World Series???
Boston is an amazing +1400 to win the World Series according to Bovada Sportsbook. Stay away from this offering as this team is old offensively and doesn't have the talent overall to win it all. They should be a lottery pick (as a future bet) and the MLB odds boards missed the boat on this one.