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.

Written by Ken Matias

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