What The Red Sox In Order To Stay In The Hunt For 2017

With a quarter of the 2017 MLB season in the books the Boston Red Sox find themselves in third place in the AL East 23-21- 512 and 4.5 games out of first. For a lot of clubs that would be encouraging but not for Red Sox nation who won the AL East last year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The first order of business is to get starter David Price back healthy. Price is currently on a rehab assignment in Pawtucket and should be back in a week to ten days.                                                                                                                                                                                      Secondly the Sox and their fans need to get over the retirement of David Ortiz. Naturally  production has fallen way off the Sox have a league low 38 homers and 166 runs batted in.but have a respectable team batting average of 266.                                                                                                                                                         First baseman Hanley Ramirez has filled in and has done a respectable job with 5 homers and 17 runs batted in. If the Sox are going to make a run outfielder Jackie Bradley needs to get going. Bradley had a great year last year but is hitting just over 200 with 4 homers and 11 runs batted in.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               So far the pitching has been fair. Newly acquired Chris Sale has been sensational. Sale is going for his ninth straight games with ten strikeouts or more. Sale recently tied a club record of eight straight games held by Pedro Martinez.                                                                                                                                                                             Relief wise the bullpen has been sub par .Relievers Robby Scott, Heath  Hembree , Matt Barnes and Fernando Abad been criticized by the fans for being overused by manager John Farrell. Closer Craig Kimbrell has been brilliant. Kimbrell has a nifty ERA of 0.96 a 4-2 record with 12 saves .                                                                                                                                                                             The last area of concern has been third base. Opening day 3rd baseman Pablo Sandoval has gone down with an injury. Sandoval out most of last year had a fantastic spring and earned his job back. Sandoval should be back within in week. Since his injury third base has been a committee. Utility men Josh Rutledge, Marco Hernandez and Deven Marrero. Out of the three Marrero has shined playing solid defense.                                                                                                                                                                 If the Sox are going to be serious contenders they need to make a move now. Other than Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez the Sox need quality starts from the fourth and fifth spots .Starter Steven Wright has gone down with an injury. Fifth starter Drew Pomeranz has been awful.                                                                                                                                                                                If the Sox start falling farther and farther back  then manager John Farrell’s job could  be in jeopardy in the off season. The Sox may need to thick about trading for another starter or arm to survive the summer The only problem is GM  Dave Dombrowski  has already traded away most of the organizations top prospects. Only time will tell.

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