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Boston Red Sox Preview and Predictions 2024

Boston has a new man in charge and it is Craig Breslow after the dismissal of Chaim Bloom. The Red Sox have three last place finishes in the previous four seasons. Gone from the 2023 roster are Chris Sale. Alex Verdugo, Justin Turner, Adam Duvall, Nick Robertson, Luis Urias, Logan Gillespie and James Paxton. New arrivals include Lucas Giolito, Tyler O’Neil, Isaiah Campbell, Greg Weissert and Vaughn Grissom.

The rotation is no longer anchored by Chris Sale. Now, it goes to free agent Lucas Giolito. The issue is he has been inconsistent for while and last year, he lost a lot of his spin rate. He is nothing more than a reclamation project. Bryan Bello uses his change-up well and induced many ground ball outs. He is not a strike out pitcher. Nick Pivetta has plus stuff but he belongs in the bullpen with his below average command. Kutter Crawford was good in 2023. He had good command and gets weak contact. The fifth starter is likely to be Tanner Houck. He has issues getting through a lineup more than once.

The bullpen is stabilized by Kenley Jansen. He had a very good season. It would behoove the Red Sox to stretch him out and use him as a starter. Chris Martin was phenomenal with a 1.05 ERA in 55 games but is now 37 years of age. Garrett Whitlock had health issues for most of last season and really never got going. Josh Winckowski is the long man out of the pen and a good one at that.

Connor Wong was the everyday catcher and that was a disaster. His offense was anemic and is a below average catcher. Boston signed Reese McGuire and Roberto Perez. They have a prospect they are waiting on.

Infield begins with former prospect first baseman Triston Casas. He had a slow start but a very hot summer. He has a good eye for he pitches and exudes power. Second base is Vaughn Griffin, whom they acquired in the Chris Sale deal with Atlanta. His bat is above average. In very little playing time he hit .287 in 2023. Shortstop belongs to Trevor Story. Story was often hurt and out of the lineup which included elbow surgery. Rafael Devers is a fixture at third. His bat is elite and a possible MVP candidate. The problem is Devers isn’t very good defensively with little range to ground balls.

Roaming the outfield, we have newcomer Tyler O’Neill, from the Cardinals. St Louis got tired of him out of the lineup due to small issues. When he plays , his bat is powerful and his speed to track down balls is very good. If he Red Sox get high ceiling from him, he can make a difference for weeks at a time. Jarren Duran has a weak arm and poor reads. However, his elite speed makes up for many mistakes. Duran and O’Neill have one side of the outfield well covered. right field looks to belong to rookie Wilyer Abreu. He draws a walk when need and hit .316 in brief play last year.

Predictions; the Red Sox again finish last in the AL East with a 77-85 record

Prospects- shortstop Marcelo Mayer is the future and an impact player, Ceddane Rafaela an outfielder with an elite glove.

Last draft picks- Kyle Teel catcher, 3 shortstops in Cameron Cannon, Marcelo Mayer and Mikey Romero

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