With Jonathan Papelbon gone and Big Papi still in the market, the Red Sox might have to rely on multiple new players. However, many of the players the Red Sox have are very good. Even though the Sox lost Papelbon, I have heard that some teams that won the World Series were only paying their Closers 3 Million dollars. So, Closers are not as important as the everyday players and starting pitchers (though I still miss Papelbon; especially his stare). Here is what I think the Red Sox will be like in 2012:
I personally think that Bobby Valentine will be the manager of the Boston Red Sox. He will take no nonsense and will fight (argue bad calls) for the team. The current GM of the Red Sox gave us Mike Lowell and Josh Beckett when Theo went missing, so I think Red Sox Nation has nothing to worry about our GM. Now, here are the players:
Josh Beckett is the well deserved ace of the Boston Red Sox who was one hit away from a perfect game last year (a very close infield single) against the Tampa Bay Rays. Beckett showed us that he was not done by pitching like he did in 2007, dominating the Yankees and other teams in the process. I believe that Josh Beckett will continue to be solid next year.
Jon Lester, our southpaw powerhouse knows how to get batters out. He will make them fly out or ground out. Lester’s ERA is well under the average amount. However, Lester got a little shaky towards the end of the season. I do not think that Lester will be shaky towards the end of the 2012 season. Jon Lester will learn from his mistakes. For example, in Lester’s career, he has been shaky in the month of April. However, last year in April, Jon Lester’s ERA was the lower than any other April in his career.
Clay Buchholz is definitely going to get beat up in his first two starts due to his injury at the beginning of the season. Buchholz has not been exposed to any MLB after May, and this is why he will be rocky. However, once Buchholz again gets familiar with how to use his pitches against hitters, he will be amazing. I would expect to see him amazing in mid May (at most early June). In 2010, Buchholz once had to lowest ERA. I know that his ERA was under 3 in 2010.
John Lackey is done for 2012, but in 2013 he’ll be great because of common interleague play (Astros are going to the AL West in 2013 evening up each league with 15 teams a piece).
Dice-K was streaky (mostly a turn for the worse) last season. However, almost every pitcher who undergoes Tommy-John Surgery is always going to give you better results. Chris Carpenter, the current St. Louis Cardinal’s ace that led them to the World Series had Tommy-John Surgery at one point in his career. Dice-K will be better next year, but the question is how much better will he be?
The Red Sox are bound to get another pitcher from the free agent market. Eric Bedard will probably be a good fit since he was a part of the 2011 Boston Red Sox. Daniel Weiland from the minors wouldn’t be too bad if he learned from a Red Sox expert such as Josh Beckett, who has seen the game for awhile.
Now I will talk about the everyday players. Here they are:
Jarrod Saltalamachia is the Red Sox catcher. Jarrod will probably get better next year because he now has been a part of this team for a whole year and knows what Red Sox Nation expects out of him.
A-Gon has been amazing. However, he’s had his slumps. A-Gon is the type of player who will do bad in 5 consecutive and then do amazing in 15 consecutive games. In between the slumps and streaks of success, A-Gon will do average, going 1-4, 1-3, or 2-4. A-Gon is a premier Gold Glover and hitter.
Dustin Pedroia’s energy and passion for the game will never get old. He is the power plug for the Boston Red Sox. Pedroia played 18 innings against the Rays one time in which he got the eventual winning hit. Dustin Pedroia makes excellent diving plays at second base, robbing other teams of hits and runs. Dustin Pedroia can also muscle baseballs near or over the Green Monster at a common basis. He is a good player all around.
Marco Scutaro will be our Mr. Clutch. He may not be better than A-Gon, but Scutaro is very good in the clutch, getting a double against Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, one of the best in the game in the 9th inning when it mattered the most. Scutaro is still a great player even away from clutch situations.
Kevin Youkilis draws walks like a tree grow leaves in the spring. Youkilis’ OBS is high because he always gets walked. Youkilis will not get hurt more than once and will get even more home runs and RBIs in the 2012 season.
Josh Reddick is young to the game of baseball. As a youngster, Josh Reddick will be fearless against many odds. His average in 2012 will be over .275.
Jacoby Ellsbury led the Red Sox to Game 162 as he went yard over 30 times with over 100 RBIs and an average over .300. How ironic. The Red Sox wanted Crawford to do what Ellsbury did. Going back to Ellsbury, he was amazing in the outfield and in the line-up, earning him the well deserved opportunity to be nominated for the MVP Voting (Justin Verlander was the winner). Ellsbury was amazing.
Carl Crawford was disappointing last year. Crawford should have had a .300 average with over 15 home runs and 100 RBIs. The Red Sox gave the 7 year 142 million dollar Carl Crawford many opportunities, but he did not always deliver. Crawford said he will get better and workout more than he ever has before. He has his excellent years in Tampa to support his case, so I think he needed a year to get familiar with Fenway Park and the Red Sox. In 2012, Crawford will be that player who is worth 7 years, 142 million dollars.
I can’t see any other DH but Big Papi fit for the job, but I sadly think that Big Papi will not stay. Red Sox Nation will miss him if he leaves. He has helped us when we needed him. Big Papi deserves a contract for the Red Sox.
This is what I think about the Red Sox. Overall, they look like a good team ready to do damage to the American and National League