Well, sadly there was not a game on Sunday. The Red Sox traveled to travel to Arizona for two exhibition games against the Cubs starting on Monday.
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Today Cora announced that Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez will be the two catchers that will make the opening day roster! Sandy Leon will be the odd one out, and has been placed on waivers, to hopefully facilitate a trade to get something for him before the season starts. As a backup catcher with basically no bat, I really don’t expect much, if anything. It would be great depth if he passes through waivers and accepts a job in Pawtucket in case of injury in the majors.
ACE: Chris Sale – Ace, top 5 pitcher in baseball. Injury concerns: historically has worse numbers in the second half of the season, and was shut down for almost 2 months from the end of July to the end of September. He tried to come back and pitch in mid August but he wasn’t himself. They skipped his last start of the postseason and started Price on short rest. Sale came out of the bullpen anyway to pitch the ninth to close out the World Series
#2 David Price – Above average, while some have said that he has not lived up to his 7 year, $217MM deal signed in 2015, he has been very solid. Having an injury in 2017 limiting him to 74 IP, he rebounded nicely to pitch 176 IP with a 3.58 ERA.
#3 Nathan Eovaldi – Above average, injury plagued throughout his career. Traded to the Red Sox midseason, he had a stellar 2.88 FIP while in Boston and had a spectacular postseason run in which he had a heroic effort which earned him a 4 year deal worth $67.5MM.
#4 Rick Porcello – Average, innings eater some can call him. A Cy Young award winner in 2016, he is a very dependable starter who will give his team a chance to win on any given day. Flashes his excellence a few games a year still, as seen here. He apparently has worked on his change up this offseason with Rodriguez who has an excellent changeup.
#5 Eduardo Rodriguez – Potentially above average. His “stuff” is so good. Can touch 96-97 with the fastball, his changeup is excellent, and now is toying with a slider in 2019. Can be inconsistent, and has some freak accidents which has hurt him in his development. Could be a breakout star for the Sox in 2019 if he can stay healthy.
Tomorrow’s Cookie will feature the outfield! Stay tuned and i’ll catch ya tomorrow. Talk to you then 🤙🏽
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