Boston Red Sox 2015 Season Preview
Boston Red Sox Futures
Odds To Win Division: +200
Odds To Win AL Pennant: 11/2
Odds To Win World Series: 12/1
Regular Season Win Total: 86.5
Most Significant Offseason Changes
Rick Porcello, SP
Justin Masterson, SP
Wade Miley, SP
Hanley Ramirez, SS
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Yoenis Cespedes, OF
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
They’ll Be Successful If…
The keys for the Red Sox to compete and challenge for the AL Pennant will be consistent pitching. With the addition of three quality starts and the hopeful resurgence of Clay Buchholz, the Red Sox field one of the AL’s best starting rotation. This coupled with timely and efficient hitting from team veterans such as Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli and David Ortiz, and a large offensive upgrade at third with Pablo Sandoval, the Red Sox have a potent and experienced lineup that can carry them to postseason success.
They’ll Be Unsuccessful If…
As great as the pitching rotation looks on paper, there are many questions surrounding it. Miley and Buchholz are coming off down seasons, and Porcello, though a great control pitcher, may lack the dynamic skills to become the Red Sox new ace. If age catches up to Ortiz and Pedroia has another below average season, the Red Sox could struggle offensively. The Red Sox will also need more power hitting from players not named Ortiz. If they can’t get it, it will be difficult to compete with the Orioles and Blue Jays (who ranked first and third in team home runs in 2014).
Fantasy Bargain: Daniel Nava, RF
Having batted .303 in 2013, Daniel Nava declined last year, batting only .270 and posting a career low .706 OPS. He did show signs of improvement after the All-Star break, battling .297 and posting an OPS of .765. Even though there is some uncertainty regarding his playing time in Right Field, keep an eye on injuries, he is listed as Left Field, Right Field and First Base on the Boston’s depth chart which adds fantasy value. Watch his pitching matchups, as Nava is a much more efficient hitter against right-handed pitching compared to left (.293 vs. Right and .159 vs. Left in 2014).
With their 2013 World Series title sandwiched between two last place finishes in the AL East, the Red Sox are not the model of consistency they were 10 years ago. With a busy offseason and a weak AL East, the Red Sox are more than capable of winning the division. With a roster filled with postseason experience, they will be a dangerous team to face if they get in. It’s hard to see the Red Sox finishing any lower than second in the AL and they should contend for at minimum one of the two wild card spots.
Prediction: 1st In AL East
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