We’re two days away before the pitchers and catchers show up for Spring Training and you know what that means, we get to see the Big Three in action. Chris Sale, David Price and Rick Porcello. Potentially the greatest pitching rotation (on paper) since the Phillies back in 2011 with Halladay, Oswalt, Lee and Hamels. Or could even compare it to the ridiculous Cubs rotation from last year consisting Hammel, Arrieta, Lester and Lackey. Of course there hasn’t been any actual innings being pitched so we don’t know for sure if they’ll be these great pitchers but what we do know is that these guys are capable of doing incredible things when stepping on the mound. On paper, these three have struck out over 3,500 batters with an ERA of 3.50 and a 1.18 WHIP spread out between them.
Competition will be brutal between the other pitchers trying to squeeze into that top 5 rotation. Steven Wright, Drew Pomeranz, and Eduardo Rodriguez will all be looking to make the final cut. Wright was phenomenal last year until he sustained that shoulder injury in August that kept him out off the mound for the rest of the year. His knuckleball was unhittable (if that’s even a word) and went 13-6 in 24 starts with a 3.33 ERA. Now Drew Pomeranz before the All Star break was freaking awesome posting up a 2.47 ERA and Dombrowski was feeling a little trigger happy and traded no. 14 ranked pitcher in the top 50 prospects list, Anderson Espinoza, for the 27 year old pitcher from San Diego. I have high hopes for Pomeranz to find his groove in Boston this upcoming season. Lastly Eduardo Rodriguez, who I hold very high hopes up for the future, is another Red Sox battling for one of those final two spots as well. Other than that, we finally have depth which is great to finally say.
This rotation is honestly so pretty, this is a World Series winning rotation even though we saw what Rick and David did last year in the post season, which was close to absolute jack. I refuse to believe that we’re not going to make a lot of noise this post season with Sale on our side. Yes, I understand that the upcoming season hasn’t even started yet and I’m already talking about the post season and winning the Series but can you blame me? That was a rhetorical question, bud, c’mon.
I haven’t been this excited for a Red Sox season to start since the start of the 2007 season with Matzusaka, Beckett, Wakefield with that DISGUSTING knuckleball and potentially one of the greatest closers in Sox history with Jonathan Paplebon all being on the same team to win another World Series. The weapons we’ve added to this bullpen in the last two years is pretty friggen scary with the likes of Sale (duh), Carson Smith, Tyler Thornburg, and Craig Kimbrel. Oh and how could I forget, the notorious Fernando Abad… I’d love to sit down with Dave Dombrowski and have a conversation with him and have him explain to me what he was thinking when he traded for Abad. I could write a whole article on Fernando Abad, it’s sad, really. Watching Abad save a game makes me want to down a whole bottle of Jack Daniel’s by myself so I won’t remember what I witnessed the night before. How do you have a 3.71 career ERA as a relief pitcher? Is that even allowed? You pitch a max of, like, 3 innings bro.
Any ways, got carried away with that, and but after what we saw in 2016, where we led the MLB with the best offense but lacked pitching, I feel like we filled some gaps and are ready to compete with a powerhouse team like the Cubs or the Nationals who both could easily be representing the NL division in the World Series this year. Even though we lost Big Papi, which I still find myself crying when I watch tribute videos to him, we added Mitch Moreland, who isn’t the big power hitter we needed but he could play first base, given the fact that he has a Gold Glove, and move Hanley to DH and have him put up 30-35 homers this season. Also, if God would be kind enough to dig Pablo Sandoval from the hole he’s been stuck in for the last year or so, then I’d be forever grateful.
Like I said before, this season has great potential and could it be any better timing to win a World Series the year right after the Patriots win the Super Bowl? I can see them getting the duckboats ready.
-Matthew T. Fermo, Entourage Sports Admin.