Boston Red Sox season expectations:
The Boston Red Sox will begin their 2021 campaign on April 1st at Fenway Park. Boston will play against American League East opponent the Baltimore Orioles. Boston will be having high expectations after a dismal 2020 season was shortened due to the global pandemic. Alex Cora was re-hired as the Red Sox’s manager after being released just a season ago. Cora has his hands full coming back at the helm of the organization with a lot of new faces. Alex announced on Wednesday that Eduardo Rodriguez will be the team’s opening day starter.
Talking about the team has a stellar offense with the likes of J.D. Martinez, Alex Verdugo, Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers just some of the names that are returning this season that can hit. Look for the Red Sox to do damage and be a force to be reckoning with that power lineup. On the other hand, pitching will have to step up in Chris Sale’s absence.
Kiké Hernandez upgrade at second base:
Enrique Kiké Hernandez is one of many new faces to the Boston Red Sox. Hernandez agreed on a two-year deal, worth 14 million dollars signing with Boston. Hernandez, 29, has played in the MLB since 2014 with three different organizations: Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, and most notably the past six seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He and manager Alex Cora have had a long-lasting relationship dating back to his roots from growing up in Puerto Rico, which Alex is also from. Enrique fils the void at second base that has been an issue for the past few seasons with the recently retired Dustin Pedroia having knee problems for a while. Look for Hernandez to be that gritty type player that can hit, field, and contribute when it counts.
2021 pitching staff expectations:
Where do I begin talking about the Boston Red Sox pitching staff in 2021. As mentioned above Chris Sale is still recovering from Tommy John’s surgery and will not be ready to pitch until mid-2021. This means that Eduardo Rodriguez will be the team’s number one starter heading into this upcoming season. Already named opening day starter, Eduardo is looking to bounce back from his heart problems and COVID-19 that forced him to miss the 2020 season.
Moving onto the rest of the rotation… Nathan Eovaldi, Martin Perez, Garrett Richards, Nick Pivetta, Tanner Houck will be looking to fill out the rest of the rotation. Cora will have the pitching staff under control once the season begins and everyone makes one turn through the rotation. I have strong confidence that the rotation will be just fine for the season. Once Sale comes back look for the Red Sox to ease him into the rotation and then put him back at full force.
The Red Sox are returning most of their team’s lineup in 2021. Key departures are Jackie Bradley Jr, Andrew Benintendi. The newest newcomers are Hunter Renfroe, Enrique Hernandez, Franchy Cordero that can contribute to the lineup. Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts, Alex Verdugo, Christian Vasquez, Bobby Dalbec are just some names that Boston will see for its firepower. I could compare this lineup to the one that won the World Series back in 2018 that can do damage like its motto back then. Stay tuned everyone Boston will be no slouch this season.