30 Teams in 30 Days – Boston Red Sox

Hello everyone, and welcome to the second installment of 30 teams in 30 days. Today’s team was one of the biggest discussion last year and the most interesting story. The Boston Red Sox.
Boston Red Sox
Record: 90-72
Finish: 3rd in the AL East
Playoffs: N/A
Top Pitcher: John Lester 13-6, 3.16 ERA, 146 SO
Top Hitter: Adrian Gonzalez .343 AVG, 18 HR, 94 RBI
Manager: Bobby Valentine
Important Acquisitions: Cody Ross, Mark Melancon, Nick Punto, Kelly Shoppach,
Andrew Bailey, Ryan Sweeney
Important Losses: Liquor, Jonathan Papelbon PHI, Marco Scutaro COL, Josh Reddick OAK

Last season, the Boston Red Sox were on the verge of making the playoffs but then all hell broke loose. In September, the Red Sox had a 96% chance of making the playoffs. The Red Sox would go on to lose 18 of their final 24 games. In their last game of the season,  against the Baltimore Orioles, they blew their lead and lost their shot to make the playoffs, as The Tampa Bay Rays came back to win their last game in extra innings against the Yankees. Now the 2012 Red Sox have a lot to over come. Their pitching rotation (which was their achilles heel last season) hasn’t been drastically changed, they lost Papelbon who was their star closer and they are still stuck with “wild card” type pitcher John Lackey, who they need to produce to help their team. The BoSox also have a lot of interior problems. Their GM Theo Epstein resigned and Manager Terry Francona was relieved of his duties. They also lost their ability to drink in the clubhouse after their new Manager Bobby Valentine, banned all alcohol from the clubhouse. Now this will prove to be pivotal as last season the Red Sox had one of best records in baseball going into September, they did this with alcohol in the clubhouse, so it will be interesting to see how they do without it. Also the BoSox are lacking in a power hitter, their best option as one is an aging David Ortiz. I do believe though, that Carl Crawford will be the silver lining for the BoSox. I think unlike last season he will produce heavily. With the Rays, Yankees and Jays all getting better and the Red Sox getting worse and with the turmoil in the system at the moment I can’t see them doing any better then 3rd in the AL East.

Prediction
Record: 85-77
Finish: 3rd in AL East
Playoffs: N/A
Top Pitcher: Josh Beckett, 17-11, 3.26 ERA, 220 SO
Top Hitter: Carl Crawford, .327 AVG, 24 HR, 97 RBI, 35 SB
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2 thoughts on “30 Teams in 30 Days – Boston Red Sox

  1. okay, this obviously isnt written by a true red sox fan. First off, we dont need to worry about Lackey ruining a otherwise fantastic starting rotation. He had tommy john surgery and wont be back this season. Next, Daniel Bard and Alfredo Aceves are being prepped as starters, and if you looksat their stats the last 2-3 years, youll understand how great of a move this is. With Lester, Beckett, Buchholz(who was hurt most of all season, remember), Bard and Aceves keeping healthy, this could be one of the most dominant rotations in the big leagues let alone in the AL.

    Next off, the offence can really only get better. Offence in the catcher position has easily improved with the addition of Kelly Shoppach and Ryan Lavarnaway coming up, let alone Salty coming back (and can really only get better). A-Gon has said that hes never felt better and his shoulder is fine, he has totally proven since his big-leauge emergence that he is a pretty decent power hitter. Also, does it really matter that the team doesnt have a “true” power hitter on their team? Their starting 6 this year were unbelievable. There were 4 players on the team that MVP caliber seasons( Ellsbury, Pedroia, Gonzalez, Ortiz).

    All signs point toward Crawford having a bounce back season, but hitting .327 is a little out there. He’s never hit even close to that, theres no reason to think anything but a .300 BA. but a .034 increase from his career AVG is asking too much from a player who is still recovering from wrist surgery. Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney primarily hitting to the left side of the field their entire career will be a huge asset in right field, (which last season got almost NO production) let alone healthy back up’s for Crawford in the beginning of the season.

    This is a team that, last year, was projected to get to the 100 win plateau. Despite the fact that they lost their all-star closer, the sox have quietly improved(not with big moves like the yankees). With bobby V keeping them in line and making sure they dont fall behind, there is no reason to think that they will not contend for the AL East Crown.. Again.

    • I’d like to apologize, this was written by a member of our staff who focuses more on the Football aspect of Sports, we just asked him to do a few 30 Teams in 30 Days articles for us, because, well, we’re a little lazy. He wrote this more as a joke article with the liquor prospect, while adding a little insight along the way. If you check out some of his Football articles , or some of mine, or Simple Jack’s 30 Teams in 30 Days articles, you’ll find out we’re normally much more thorough. I do agree with a lot of what you said, and if the BoSox can dominate the Yankees the same way they did last year in their head-to-head match-ups (I believe they were 12-6 against the Yanks), they should be able to win the AL East.

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