Well, we have finally reached the end of Grapefruit league play for the Sox. They ended with a record of 18-14-3, not that it matters all that much. Still, things looked pretty good at the end with the team appearing to be ready to open the season, if the pitching holds up and we are not beset by injuries. So far, Price is the only one on the DL to start the season, but several of the pitchers are either coming off injuries or are nursing possible problems that could develop into injuries.
We are actually looking pretty good all around if we can stay injury free for most of the season. Even if we do have some on the DL as we move forward, we have pretty good depth and several of the players who looked good in Spring Training could step up and help the team out of the minor leagues. The pitching is a little thinner than the position players, perhaps, so let’s hope we don’t have a lot of injuries in that department.
Speaking of pitching, I don’t know why Kyle Kendrick is not in the starting rotation as we start the season. He pitched extremely well this Spring and is certainly looking better than Drew Pameranz, who I just found out is starting the season also on the DL, also. Perhaps he has been injured all Spring so I haven’t really seen what he might do this season, but I know that Kendrick was tearing up the mound and deserves a shot at the big game. Perhaps we will see him before the season is out. With two starting pitchers on the DL, perhaps we will see him right away!
Well, we are all eagerly waiting to see how the team will shape up offensively with Papi in the lineup. They will be seeking a new identity, so the speak, and it will be interesting to see who will emerge as the super super star, if anyone does. Perhaps it will just be a well rounded lineup with everyone contributing as I know they all can. There are no bad spots in the lineup with every starter and even the back ups able to come through with the big hit when it counts, so it should be an interesting season. I think we can do as well or better in the win department as last season. We will see what we will see.
I am sure there will be times when the team all slumps at once as each player does have his ups and downs and there is no Papi to pick them up. There will be games when they can’t seem to buy a hit and there will be games when they can’t seem to make an out. We will just have to roll with the punches and get through it all. I think we will end up looking pretty good by the end of it all.
As hope springs eternal, we can just say: this may be the year. But seriously, they are good enough so they may go all the way. We will be rooting for them game to game. They are picked to win the AL East this year and I hate that they are. It means they are going around with a target on their backs with every team gunning for them. It could be that they don’t live up that prediction, so let’s not get our hopes up too high so as not to be disappointed. Rather, let’s just say: they may go all the way, and leave it at that.
The long awaited season begins Monday and we shall see what we shall see. Maybe they’ll get off to another good start a’ la last year. We can only pull for them and hope for the best. 2017 may be the best year ever. Let’s go Sox!