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  • October 17th, 2016

    October 17, 2016: Guest Post:
    The Red Sox Postseason So Far…

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:34 pm in Baseball,Guest Post,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    by: Andy Gen.

    After being swept by the Cleveland Indians in the recent MLB Division Series, the Boston Red Sox announced second baseman Dustin Pedroia underwent surgery on his left knee. Despite the injury, Pedroia finished the 2016 campaign with some of the best statistics of his career, and should be back in action in time for spring training. The 33-year-old played in 154 of the Red Sox 162 games during the regular season, including all three contests against the Indians in the ALDS.

    Pedroia batted .318 with 15 homers and 74 RBIs during the regular season, with the four-time All-Star’s 201 hits accounting for his highest total since his AL MVP season back in 2008. While Pedroia and his teammates had been hoping to send David Ortiz off with another World Series success, the early exit could well be a blessing in disguise for the Red Sox, as Pedroia will have an extended period in order to get himself back to full fitness. As management is expected to fill some holes for next season, BettingSports.com have not only made the Red Sox the overwhelming favorite to once again win the American League East title, but a more successful post season is also expected.

    The Red Sox offense will undoubtedly need to find a solution for the now retired designated hitter Ortiz, and also fill the gaps in their rotation. While a whole host of players have been linked to a possible move to Fenway Park, with several players announcing free agency at the end of the 2016 season, it will be important for the Red Sox to target individuals of the right personality and talent, fitting in with the culture that the team have established over the last 115 years.

    Topping the list of one of the best free agents who will be available this off-season is Toronto’ s all-star Edwin Encarnacion, who had a great regular season, and should he fail to win the World Series, the Red Sox could well offer the veteran a large contract to join their list of talented youngsters on the roster at Fenway Park.

    Elsewhere, and most likely as an alternative to Encarnacion, Mark Trumbo is another name that continues to be linked with the Red Sox, as he desires to play on a team with the potential to win titles. Trumbo had a league record of 47 home runs in 2016, and would certainly be an exciting addition to the roster, and possibly fill the hole left by David Ortiz.

    It should be an active off-season, as the Red Sox are keen to fill the gaps than prevent them from advancing further into the postseason.


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