It's no secret that Red Sox fans have become spoiled. I mean, the franchise has won 4 chanpionships in under 20 years. That's pretty dominant by most standards. But, Red Sox fans feel the constant desire to berate and chastize the Red Sox ownership group. The most common way they do this, is by calling them cheap. That's completely inaccurate, but we will save that for another post.
So, what makes me think this team will be better than most think. Well, let's start with the pitching:
1. Chris Sale
Chris Sale has been dominant the majority of his career, but like usual, Sox fans are all "what have you done for me lately?"....
Anyhow, Chris Sale has a career 3.03 ERA, and has been a great pitcher. His woes in the postseason are notable, but that isn't what we are talking about. Regular season, Chris Sale is a damn dominant pitcher. If you need a decent reason, he has only pitched 9 1/2 seasons and has over 2,000 strikeouts and 114 wins. He's a winner, even if spoiled Red Sox fans refuse to see it.
2. Nathan Eovaldi
This is a solid #2 in any rotation. He found his health and consistency with the Sox and I expect him to have another dang good season. I mean, after what he did in the postseason in 2018, he should be loved across Red Sox nation.
3. Rich Hill
He's solid when he's healthy, not to mention, the guy is 10 years older than me and would make me look silly in a batters box.
4. Nick Pivetta
Solid #4. If he can control AB's he will have a heck of a season.
5. Tanner Houck
He's a right handed Chris Sale. Like Pivetta, if he can control AB's he will make hitters look silly.
I am going to skip the bullpen, but if Barnes, Whitlock, Taylor, Brasier, Wacha, Diekman, Strahm and Sawamura can keep hitters off balance they'll be solid.
Now, onto the lineup:
I am going to make this somewhat vague, because I don't think this needs much of an explanation. So here we go:
Name a better 1-4 than Bogaerts, Devers, JD and Hernandez. Add the additions of Verdugo, Vazquez and Dalbec. That is a pretty dangerous lineup. But, if the Sox are smart, they'll add Seiya Suzuki and give Duran a season to adjust to big league pitching.
This is my predicted lineup for 2022:
Not gonna lie, I would rather see Hernandez at 2B and Duran in CF with Seiya Suzuki in LF, but I also have no issue with this lineup either.