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  • April 21st, 2017

    April 21, 2017: Three Key Players For the
    Boston Red Sox This Season…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:48 pm in Baseball,Red Sox No Comments

    By:  Lewis Sadler

    The 2017 Major League Baseball season is in full swing at the moment, and among the teams who are aiming to win the championship this campaign are the Boston Red Sox. This is their first season without the legendary David Ortiz since 2003, with the 41-year-old having retired at the end of the 2016 campaign.

    The Red Sox are doing relatively well at the moment. John Farrell’s side are third in the American League East Division behind the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees, and, according to MLB betting odds, are -160 favorites to win the division. During the 2016 season, the Red Sox finished first in the American League East, but failed to get the better of American League Central champions Cleveland Indians in the 2016 American League Division Series. Motivation and determination is high in the camp.

    The Red Sox have one of the best rosters in the league, including players such as Pablo Sandoval, David Price and Andrew Benintendi. Below, we look at three players who will be key for the team as the season progresses.

    Mookie Betts

    Mookie Betts

    Photo by Keith Allison

    Mookie Betts is one of the best players in MLB and will be a key figure for the Boston Red Sox this season. The 24-year-old is an all-rounder who steps up in big matches and is a game-changer. The right fielder is very dynamic and has been instrumental in the team winning nine of their matches so far this season. The American recently recorded the third longest streak in baseball this century and the longest by a Red Sox hitter since Denny Doyle in 1975.

    For the Red Sox to win the MLB championship this season, Betts is going to need to be a key player.

    Matt Dominguez

    Matt Dominguez

    Photo by Arturo Yee

    Pablo Sandoval is the first-choice third baseman for the Red Box, but Matt Dominguez is ready to step up in his place. The 27-year-old has been at the Red Sox since 2015, and given the recent error made by Sandoval, there is a chance that he could get a run-in.

    The former Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays star is probably not at the level yet to play regularly for the Red Sox, but he could be important in replacing Sandoval from time to time; he could work in tandem with the 30-year-old and provide valuable cover.

    Xander Bogaerts

    Photo by Keith Ellison

    Xander Bogaerts has been at the Red Sox since 2013 and has got better with every passing year. The 24-year-old Shortstop is one of the best and most talented players on the roster, and he will be crucial for the team as the season progresses. What is remarkable about Bogaerts is that he is a very consistent player and delivers when it matters. The American still has room to improve and develop, but he could emerge as a genuine star for the Red Sox this season.

    Having ended up second among American League shortstops in doubles and third among American League shortstops in home runs last season, Bogaerts will be looking to take his game to the next level in 2017.

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