Re: second half predictions...
posted at 6/25/2013 1:38 PM EDT
Ok, kids. Lets get back on track. Dont come here to have a useless back and forth please. Just post you predictions for the Red Sox.
Salty will finish the year with his best offensive numbers on the Red Sox. 260BA 320OBP and 500SLG. Lavarnway will finish the year as Ross has continuing issues with a 2nd concussion.
Napoli will have a record amount of K's, but still come in with his career averages with a higher RBI average. He will finish the year with no hip issues.
Pedey will be Pedey. 300+BA about a 400OBP and low/mid 400 SLG. Pedeys power will remain pretty much non-existent due to the thumb issue. He will have about 10HR's.
SS- This is where it gets tricky. Drew will be the SS until the trade deadline. There will be a couple different offers for Drews services, on the last day of the deadline they bite and get a decent prospect (B-) and another lower level pitching prospect. Iggy moves over to SS from 3b.
3b- Iggy will remain at 3b due to WMB not hitting and eventually being sent down. The Drew trade goes through and the Sox put Xander Bogaerts on the 40-man roster, but give WMB a final shot to succeed. Eventually Bogey is called up sometime in August so he can be available for the PO roster, should they make it, and takes over 3b.
OF- Nava/ Goes on DL to let the wrist heal so he will be healthy for the final run. he finishes strong with a 290BA and a 380OBP with a career high 17HR. Ellsbury/ will continue performing, accumilating 60+ SB, a 300BA and a 360OBP. Victorino will be on and off the DL. JBJ will be called up 2 more times before the end of the year. Vic (IVC ;) will finish strong, and his name will come up at the trade deadline, but he will remain in Boston. I could see a possibility of an OF acquisition.
Starting pitching. Buchholz will remain healthy after he returns from the DL and go on to have 15+ wins and 5 or less losses. He will be in the Cy Young talks. Lester will not be as bas as he is now, but will not regain his early season mojo. 4ERA, 13-15 wins. Lackey will be the surprise of the year. He will go on a 2nd half tear and make 14 wins with an era south of 3.50. Dempster and Doubront will both end up with around 12 wins and 4ERA. We will see a spot start from Brandon Workman and Webster. They will explore every pitching possibility on the market, but will ultimately not add a starter.
DH- Papi will end up batting 300+ with 30HR and 100RBI. There will be no DL and no heel issues. Papi is not "DONE"...
Bullpen- OK, the toughest one to predict. Ill just say that I can see them acquiring someone (Crain?) at the deadline and I wouldnt rule out RDLR spending some timwe there as well.
Trade possibilities: Drew. Prospects. Acquisitions: Bullpen, OF, Depth. I can see prospects like Almanzar, Brentz, Britton, Coyle, De La Cruz, Jacobs, Huntzinger, and Vinicio as tradable.
Of course almost anyone is available for the right deal, but I dont see the Sox as sellers. If WMB is still not producing and they dont think Bogey is ready, then Drew obviously stays.
regular season final record: 90-72