Last year, Boston dominated Major League Baseball. At the risk of repeating something you’ve already read 100 times, the Red Sox won 108 regular-season games and won 11 of 14 games in three playoff series. The best season in franchise history was accomplished despite a bullpen that was the source of concern throughout the year.
What’s the status of this year’s bullpen and how will it impact the team’s chances of back-to-back World Series titles? Here are some thoughts to answer that broad question.
The bullpen last year was led by Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Steven Wright, Bobby Poyner, and closer Craig Kimbrel. While it was definitely the weakest part of the team and was worrisome among the fans of Red Sox Nation, the numbers were surprisingly solid.
It’s been a heated spring training so far for the Yankees as Luke Voit and Greg Bird battle for the starting first base spot. While both Bird and Voit have been impressive in the Grapefruit League so far, what’s the deciding factor on who gets the job Opening Day?
Throughout the 2018 season, the New York Yankees have had an up and down year. Whether it was starting out 9-9, going on a 17-2 stretch, losing their best player in Aaron Judge, or hitting the most homeruns in MLB history it was a wild season of peaks and valleys. However, since Judge has returned to the starting lineup the Yankees are 10-4 including two series wins over the Red Sox and an impressive AL Wild Card Game victory over the A’s. Over the last few weeks, the Yankees have given me confidence that they have what it takes to win it all this year; and here are five reasons why they will. Read More Here!
The Red Sox have the offensive power to go the distance this year; no question about it. Sadly for the loyal fans in Boston, the consistent problems in the bullpen may prevent them from any post season accomplishments. While the Sox have over 100 wins on the season with 5 games to play, the only team this season to reach that mark thus far, the bullpen struggles have become even more severe in the 2nd half of the season. The Sox own an MLB worst 12 bullpen blown saves since the All Star break. Time is running out in Boston to fix this issue; the Yankees, Astros, and Indians will surely capitalize on this weakness if it isn’t turned around. See All Teams Here!
30. Chicago White Sox (21-41) Previous Ranking – 26
Chicagoans continue to claim this White Sox squad is built for the future, which I hope has some truth to it; the present isn’t looking to hot… Pitching is the main problem of this ballclub, but it also could be time for some coaching changes. The long season continues for White Sox fans.