After 37 games, there are 3 issues concerning Red Sox pitching. With a 22-15 record they are 2 games ahead of the Yankees. Most fans would be ecstatic. Compared to last season the team is far ahead of expectations. In this post, we will evaluate the Red Sox, pitching staff.
3 Issues Concerning Red Sox Pitching
Logjam Of Pitchers
Considering the team is the best hitting team in the league, they are carrying 13 pitchers. With managers carrying 27 players, the starters are getting pulled too early. With 5 starting pitchers 8 are sitting in the bullpen.
In, the last 10 games the starters have gone 5 innings putting pressure on the offense. Burning out the bullpen early is not a healthy scenario. With a 162 game schedule getting pulled after 5 innings won’t cut it in July and August. Eduardo Rodriguez and Nick Pivetta are both undefeated but have struggled after the 5th inning.
Garrett Whitlock/Shining Star
Rule 5 acquisition Garrett Whitlock has been the team’s shining star. With an impressive 0.63 ERA and 19 strikeouts, Whitlock has been one of the best relievers in baseball. Averaging 2 innings per appearance he has paved the way for Matt Barnes.
If Whitlock can stay on his current pace he will be a lock for the AL All_Star team. He has been a shining star. Matt Barnes has been stellar has a closer.
Help In The Pipeline
It’s still far to early to predict where the Red Sox will finish. One fact for sure is the starters need to go deeper into games. Starter Eduardo Rodriguez seems to be healthy after a stint with Coved 19. Will his strong outings continue?
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Chris Sale who missed all of 2020 has started throwing off the mound. I do not expect Sale to be activated until September at the earliest. So where does that leave Alex Cora? Pitchers Tanner Houck and Eduardo Bazardo were up earlier but got sent back down. Either one is ready. The team claimed Brandon Workman off waivers from the Cubs.
My gut feeling is it will be Brandon Workman or Connor Seabold. Seabold was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies last July for Workman.
If the club expects to make the playoffs, it starts with the pitching. Manager Alex Cora has been pulling his starters too early. Garrett Richard’s last two outings have been superb. Relying on the bullpen too early and often may result in disappointment.
The Red Sox officially entered the midseason trade market. Friday the team sent Pitchers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree to the Phillies for Nicki Pivetta and Connor Seabold. The RedSox get a mid_rotaion starter in Pivetta and a future starter in Seabold. In this post, we will evaluate three possible trade chips the Red Sox have to work with. Chaim Bloom Begins His Restructuring Process Of The Red Sox
Brandon Workman/Heath Hembree Since his rookie season in 2013, Brandon Workman has been a workhorse for the organization. He enjoyed his best season in 2019 posting a 10-1 and a 1.88 ERA and 16 saves. Ditto for Heath Hembree. Hembree was acquired from San Fransisco in 2014 for Jake Peavy. In seven seasons Hembree pitched in 251 career games for Boston. This season, he posted a 2-0 record and 2 saves.
The Phillies have the worst bullpen in baseball. In getting Workman and Hembree the staff will be that much better. Workman is a free agent after 2020, while Hembree is one after the 2023 season.
Jackie Bradley, Andrew Benintendi, Kevin Pillar There is a good possibility that one of the three will be traded. Andrew Benintendi is on the 10 days DL. He is off to his worst start a major leaguer. Before his injury, he was batting 103/314OBP/128 SLG. In two seasons, his production has regressed. Currently, Benintendi is in the middle, of a two_year contract.
A second option for the team is Jackie Bradley. He started off the year hot but since is in a moderate slump. He still wins games with his glove and is fun to watch. Career _wise, Bradley is 236BA/317OBP/406 SLG.
Another player to keep an eye on is Kevin Pillar. In the offseason Pillar signed an one_year deal. He is a free agent after the season. At 31 years old he would bring you the most value in a trade. He is one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball.
This is where it gets tricky. Martinez is in the middle of a long_term deal. He has the option of opting in or staying. As of now, he is one of the team’s hottest hitters. His home run swing is coming back. Look for Martinez to remain with the team.
Conclusion; The organization is off to the worst start in years. Look for Chaim Bloom to move anyone in order to be more competitive.
Red Sox fans can expect a quiet offseason while preparing for the 2020 season. The organization has three challenges facing them in the next few months. Priority number one is to hire a General Manager to replace Dave Dombroski. Dombrowski was dismissed two weeks after the 2019 season ended.. Priority number two is to resign outfielder Mookie Betts. And goal number three is to find a closer for baseball’s worst bullpen. In this post, we will examine three areas that the Red Sox need to focus this offseason. Why Red Sox Fans Can Expect a Quiet Offseason Resign Mookie Betts Challenge number one this offseason is to resign Mookie Betts. Betts a six _year veteran has played in 794 games a 301 career batting average. One Hundred thirty_ nine home runs and 470 RBIs. Not to mention a 374 OBP. Betts may not have the numbers that Manny Machado has but posts similar numbers compared to Bryce Harper. Both players signed on ef the most lucrative deals last season. Betts is under contract through the 2020 season for about 20.000,000 per year. One option is to trade Betts for prospects. By trading Betts the Red Sox would land some legitimate Major League prospects. Option number two is to sign Betts to a long term deal similar to that of Machados and Harpers. Signing Betts would mean a long term deal for at least 30,000,000 per year for ten years. If they were to resign him the club would have restructure contracts of players currently under contract. The Red Sox have one of the most critical decisions this offseason in the history of the franchise.
Find A Replacement For Dave Dombrowski Just two weeks after the season the club dismissed GM Dave Dombrowski. Dombrowski the team’s GM since 2016 brought ace Chris Sale and acquired Nathan Eovaldi midway through last season. Both Sale and Eovoldi played key roles in the 2018 championship. But injuries hampered both players last season. Some names to keep an eye on are Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and Indians GM Mike Chernoff. Find A Closer Not resigning a closer for Craig Kimbrel benefited the Red Sox. Brandon Workman replaced Kimbrel and had a career year 10-1 15 saves. Workman is up for salary arbitration this offseason. Expect the team to resign Workman for 2020. Notable relievers that could be available are Kelvin Herrera Royals, Joe Jiminez, Jeury’s Familia Mets and Trevor Rosenthal of the Cardinals. The Upcoming Offseason The 29/20 offseason will be one of the most historic in recent memory. With 60,000,0000 dollars coming off the books it will still be very difficult to go over 208 Million dollars. Decisions needs to be made on JD Martinez who can opt _out now despite a seven_ year deal. Priority number one is to find a way to resign Mookie Betts.