Re: Official 2014 BDC Red Sox player & team prediction tread. You will be held to account. closest becomes de facto POTY ;)
posted at 3/27/2014 11:31 PM EDT
I’m going bold.
Rubby de la Rosa will lead the team in saves, but will not get his first one until after the closer role has already been relinquished by Koji Uehara, Edward Mujica and Junichi Tazawa.
Will Middlebrooks will be traded on July 31 for the hideous crime of “simply not working out” and he will head to the Marlins. In return, the Sox will not get Stanton but instead get Jacob Turner.
Garin Cecchini will make his MLB debut in August, but Jonathan Herrera will see the bulk of the playing time at 3B after the Middlebrooks trade. Other notable MLB debuts this year include Christian Vazquez, Anthony Ranaudo, Bryce Brentz and Alex Hassan. Vazquez will establish himself. Ranaudo will have some successes. Hassan will surprise (and emerge as a viable RHH platoon partner with Nava). Brentz will flop, although many fans will ignore numerous failures and cling to his solitary 2-home run game as proof he belongs forever.
Allen Webster will take his place as a mainstay in the rotation by August, making the Turner trade look a little silly.
Xander Bogaerts will have a very solid albeit unspectacular year of .265 / .360 / .440 with 15HRs. He will finish second in ROY balloting behind Masahiro Tanaka, enraging many Sox fans.
Grady Sizemore will play less than 40 games (not bold), but will be effective before getting injured. Jackie Bradley inherits CF by June and establishes himself as the regular CF going forward with spectacular defense and a modest .245 / .360 / .370 slash line the rest of the way.
Mike Napoli will hit 30HRs and lead the team, ahead of Ortiz. Third on the team in HRs will be Bogaerts, with his aforementioned 15.
Jonathan Herrera will lead the team in stolen bases despite stealing fewer than 20. (BOLD!! Right, Shane?)
Jonny Gomes will play in the third fewest games of anyone on the roster all season, ahead of Dave Ross and Mike Carp.
The Red Sox will make the post-season but not win it all. However, they will succeed in providing their fans with over 500 hours of quality baseball entertainment…