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  • March 27th, 2017

    March 27, 2017:
    A Couple Bold Predictions of my own..

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:01 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    The 24+ inches of snow we got in NE Pennsylvania about 2 weeks ago is mostly gone (Although the ginormous piles in the parking lots will probably last until July). And we are a week away from real live Red Sox baseball, at home in the Fens, no less. Rick Porcello (Yay!!!) will be the rightful Opening Day Starter, with no splitting of duties as there has been in previous years…and it appears, shockingly, Chris Sale isn’t throwing a hissy about the decision. Hopefully that will continue…

    And, according to mytopsportsbooks.com, with spring training nearing its conclusion, the Boston Red Sox still have a good chance of reaching the World Series. So the future looks good for the Sox…

    Many of my fellow bloggers have been weighing in on their bold predictions for the 2017 campaign, here and here . Since my prognostication skills are legendarily sucky, most of the predictions I make are probably more crazy than bold. However, for the sake of this argument, we will say they are bold…

    Anyway, here are my 5 “bold” predictions for the Boston Red Sox and the 2017 Campaign…

    1. No one was more happy to see That Clay Person traded to the Phillies (where I see his good work is continuing 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in Spring training–Yikes..), not only because he would dazzle us with brilliance, then baffle us with bulls**t, sometimes within the same game, but because he was a freaking headcase, who rarely if ever owned his nonsense.

    Anyway, where I was going with this is: I think every team gets a headcase, and ours is now David Price. The cryptic tweets, the injury that is going to force him to start the season (and will probably be the “go to” reason for every bad start this year. And while his first season in Boston was certainly competent at 17-9 with a 3.99 ERA–it FELT worse. OK, that made more sense in my head…

    2. I think Stephen Wright will once again be dominant this year, and as long as he doesn’t pinch run again (I am looking at you, John Farrell), I think he will have 18 wins, and an ERA under 3…

    3. Pablo Sandoval’s redemption will be complete when he makes the All-Star team–and is in the top 10 for the AL MVP this year. The way he has been hitting in Spring Training that probably is not too much of a stretch. Just needs to stay focused–and away from the Twinkies…

    4. We will be seeing Rusney Castillo in the bigs this year. And he will play well enough to stick. Hey, his triple slash in Spring Training has been .368/.385/.526. Ok, its only 22 games, but it’s still impressive…

    5. And since we are going bold here: The Sox will win 100 games in 2017…

    Let’s meet back here in September, and we can laugh about these…or will we?

    Coming up: The Sox are less than a week away from kicking off 2017 at Fenway Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates. As that game has a 2:05 start, hopefully, I’ll be able to see them play their first night game of the year on Wednesday. However, they are playing a Pennsylvania Team, so I’ll probably be blacked out, which means it is likely I will not see an actual Red Sox game until SATURDAY, when they play the Tigers in the afternoon…

     

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