The 2018 Boston Red Sox are among the teams with a real chance to compete for a World Series title. They have won the AL East each of the past two seasons, and they’ll aim to do so once again.
With the addition of J.D. Martinez as the designated hitter and occasional outfielder, the Red Sox lineup is one that many opposing pitchers should fear. Their defense though should also be the best in the division. Mookie Betts is always a Gold Glove candidate and eventually, center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. will win one of his own. Mitch Moreland is a Gold Glove first baseman as well, although he will be platooning with Hanley Ramirez.
Boston’s starting rotation also has a chance to be among the best in the league. Of course, Chris Sale is the ace of the staff and is once again a Cy Young candidate, but a bounce-back year from David Price is also likely on tap. He pitched his fewest innings since 2008 in 2017, but he’s back with a vengeance this year. Price may also be in the Cy Young conversation when all is said and done.
The backend of the bullpen belongs to Craig Kimbrel, and if Boson is in a close game down the stretch there’s no one else that should be on the mound. Joe Kelly and Tyler Thornburg will leave their mark, and the way that new manager Alex Cora handles the bullpen will be a huge story to watch. He surely will handle it better than the last man in charge.
The Red Sox will begin their 2018 campaign on Thursday at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays. Chris Sale will get the Opening Day start, followed by Price on day two. The first day of the season always provides teams with hope and a chance of winning it all, and this Boston team is no different. This is just the beginning of a year that should go deep into October.