Add news
Нами Накагава — Kimi Wa Kirameki/Ты - Сияние! (feat. Ichigo Tanuki)
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020October 2020November 2020December 2020January 2021February 2021March 2021April 2021
12345678910111213141516171819
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
News Every Day |

Eight Fearless Red Sox Predictions For 2021 MLB Season

About seven months ago, the Boston Red Sox probably couldn’t wait to close the book on their 2020 season, a weird and disappointing campaign marred by inconsistency, particularly from the mound.

Now, it’s fair to say the club is champing at the bit.

“We’re ready to play baseball,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora declared Tuesday, ahead of Boston’s 2021 season opener against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park, which since has been rescheduled for Friday at 2:10 p.m. ET.

And we’re ready to watch baseball, Alex.

It’s probably best to be cautiously optimistic about this year’s Red Sox team, which added several new faces over the offseason as chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom attempts to construct a sustainable contender. Boston should be better. But by how much? We’ll see.

Let’s not be too cautious, though. After all, Opening Day means a fresh start and the opportunity to get a little carried away with expectations. So, here are eight fearless Red Sox predictions for 2021.

1. Garrett Richards will be named an All-Star
Richards, who signed a one-year contract with Boston that includes a club option for 2022, has appeared in just 45 games (41 starts) totaling 198 2/3 innings since 2016. His single-season high for starts and innings in that five-year span, spent with the Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres, is 16 and 76 1/3, respectively. He simply hasn’t been able to stay on the field.

That said, talent never has been an issue for Richards, who is less than two years removed from Tommy John surgery and turns 33 next month. The veteran right-hander is a spin-rate darling whose underlying metrics suggest he’s capable of reaching an All-Star-caliber level if he stays healthy.

Richards went 28-16 with a 3.18 ERA, 3.30 FIP, 1.15 WHIP and 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 58 starts (376 innings) during a very productive two-season stretch with the Angels in 2014 and 2015.

2. Garrett Whitlock will become Red Sox’s closer
The Red Sox plucked Whitlock from the New York Yankees in the most recent Rule 5 draft, and he’s done nothing but impress since joining the organization.

The 24-year-old, who’s listed at 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, underwent Tommy John surgery in 2019 and never has pitched above Double-A, but he’ll begin the season in Boston’s bullpen. Per Rule 5 draft rules, he must remain on the Red Sox’s active roster for 90 days or be offered back to the Yankees.

Whitlock will serve as a multi-inning reliever at the onset. Just don’t be surprised if his role changes based on performance and other developments across the pitching staff.

It won’t be shocking if Whitlock gets an opportunity to start, perhaps positioning him for a spot in Boston’s 2022 rotation. But there’s some uncertainty surrounding the ninth inning, with veterans Matt Barnes and Adam Ottavino currently the most likely closer options. Whitlock has the potential to eventually pitch in high-leverage spots.

3. Connor Seabold will secure spot in Red Sox’s rotation
We recently profiled Seabold for our Red Sox prospects series, and the 25-year-old stood out as someone who could help the major league club this season. He’s not the flashiest prospect, leaning on command and control rather than elite velocity, but he has a high floor and could emerge as a viable back-end starter if things go awry in Boston’s rotation, which is littered with questions.

“As soon as that trade went down, I had people texting me, being like, ‘This is a steal, ‘” Ian Cundall, director of scouting for SoxProspects.com, recently told NESN.com of the deal last August that brought Seabold and Nick Pivetta to Boston from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree.

The Red Sox already were thrown a curveball with Eduardo Rodriguez’s injury, which will force Nathan Eovaldi to start on Opening Day and Tanner Houck to break camp in Boston’s rotation. Seabold should be the next man up if/when any more come their way.

4. Bobby Dalbec will break Red Sox rookie record for home runs
The target: 34, set by Walt Dropo in 1950.

Dalbec probably will strike out a lot and endure some growing pains in his first full season as Boston’s starting first baseman. But the 25-year-old has big-time power, which he showed in 2020 by launching eight home runs in 23 games (92 plate appearances) upon debuting with the Red Sox.

The only two Red Sox rookies besides Dropo to reach the 30-homer mark: Ted Williams (31 in 1939) and Nomar Garciaparra (30 in 1997).

5. Jarren Duran will be Red Sox’s starting center fielder by All-Star break
The Red Sox have overhauled their outfield over the past couple of years, notably parting ways with Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr. while bringing in Alex Verdugo, Hunter Renfroe and Franchy Cordero. Any hint of underperformance from the revamped group undoubtedly will intensify speculation over whether the Red Sox should call up Duran, a 24-year-old speed demon whose electric skill set has drawn comparisons to Jacoby Ellsbury and Grady Sizemore.

Duran, who has developed more power thanks in large to a swing change, will force Boston’s hand. The budding prospect could use a little more seasoning, especially on the defensive side, but his game-changing talent is impossible to ignore.

Also, Duran would fit quite nicely in center field, the spot vacated by Bradley this offseason, as it’d allow Verdugo to play primarily right field, where he thrived upon replacing Betts in 2020.

6. Alex Verdugo will win American League batting title
Speaking of Verdugo, let’s get really bold here.

Verdugo has excellent plate coverage. He’s a high-contact, low-strikeout hitter who can pound both righties and lefties, a profile that dates back to his days in the Los Angeles Dodgers system.

The 24-year-old batted .308 in 2020, tied for the fifth-best mark in the American League. Of course, we’re morally obligated to mention last season’s production came amid a 60-game schedule in which Verdugo totaled 53 games and 221 plate appearances. You know, small sample size. But isn’t it reasonable to think he might take another step forward this season, his second in Boston?

Plus, let’s say the new deadened baseballs have their intended impact, cutting down on home runs. Verdugo, whose opposite-field ability plays well at Fenway Park, could make quite a habit of denting the Green Monster in 2021 and beyond.

7. Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers will combine for more extra-base hits than any two teammates in Major League Baseball
Kinda random, sure. But Bogaerts and Devers deserve to be mentioned somewhere in this exercise, with the general point being they’ll be excellent and a huge reason why the Red Sox remain competitive.

Devers led MLB in extra-base hits in 2019 with 90. Bogaerts tied for third with 85. So, they already accomplished this feat in the most recent full season. They’ll do so again in 2021 because they’re still really, really good and Fenway Park still is a doubles haven. Plus, Cora just might have the Midas touch with this duo.

8. Chris Sale will make meaningful starts down stretch
The Red Sox have been hesitant to place a timeline on Sale’s return from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent in March 2020. Understandable. We’ll refrain from doing so, as well.

Instead, we’ll roll with this admittedly vague prediction, which implies two things: 1) Sale will return this season, overcoming any more setbacks in his recovery, and ramp up to the point where he’s a legitimate contributor. And 2) The Red Sox, while maybe not playoff bound, will contend until the very end.

The post Eight Fearless Red Sox Predictions For 2021 MLB Season appeared first on NESN.com.





Read also

Jinger Duggar accused of ‘staging pic’ as she claims husband Jeremy ‘surprised’ her with flowers amid marriage problems

On Turkish military in Ukrainian Mariupol

One Kansas city is considering tightening ethics rules





News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on Today24.pro



Today24.pro — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here
News Every Day

Cooking Whole Wild Turkey on Pellet Grill JUICY MEAT!