Red Sox’s pitcher Tanner Houck has a chance to make the rotation in 2021

Red Sox’s pitcher Tanner Houck has a chance to make the rotation in 2021

Tanner Houck 2020 Campaign:

MIAMI, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 15: Tanner Houck #89 of the Boston Red Sox delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during his major league debut at Marlins Park on September 15, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Boston Red Sox’s pitcher Tanner Houck made a strong case late last season to make the rotation in 2021. In his first career start against the Miami Marlins he pitched 5 innings, allowing 2 hits, while walking 3, and striking out 7 batters. Houck picked up his first career victory in Miami that night. In total Tanner made three starts and won all the games that he pitched. The stats were, ( 3-0, 0.53 ERA, 17 innings pitched, 21 strikeouts) impressive for a rookie in his first few starts in the majors.

Tanner’s 2021 Season outlook:

Boston Red Sox pitcher Tanner Houck pitching.

Chris Sale, the ace of the staff will probably be out until June-July due to Tommy John surgery he had last March. Eduardo Rodriguez missed the 2020 season due to complications with COVID-19. Nathan Eovaldi showed some upside last season in the nine starts he made. As I had mentioned Houck showed that he belongs in the majors with the games last season. Tanner seems to have a bright future in an aging pitching rotation. Houck should be able to make around 25-30 starts and come away with at least 10-12 wins on the season as long he remains healthy.

Houck’s future with the Red Sox:

Tanner Houck at last season’s spring training.

Tanner is capable of performing at a high level with the amount of knowledge he is surrounded by. Boston Red Sox’s Alex Cora is a team friendly manager that can give advice and help in developing young players. Cora will probably be cautious with Houck this season and beyond because that the future going forward.

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