In the first half of the 2017 MLB season, the Boston Red Sox managed to grow off of a bad offensive start to take a 3.5 game lead in the AL East. With all stars such as: Chris Sale, Mookie Betts, and Craig Kimbrel the team hopes to ride the wave all the way to October.
Trade Deadline Predictions:
This year’s trade deadline could see more action than in previous years. With Jose Quintana getting shipped from one side of Chicago to the other, the dominoes should fall soon after. There are a lot of good guys out there that can bolster the Red Sox in depth not only on the major league level, but in the minors as well. With Pablo Sandoval recently being designated for assignment, a move to bolster their 3B depth is all more likely.
Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox and Nick Castellanos of the Detroit Tigers make the most sense for trade able candidates for their third base problem. While #1 prospect Rafael Devers gets more time in AA before getting called up to AAA in the near future, Todd Frazier would make the most sense if they want a rental. If Devers isn’t scheduled to debut next season, Castellanos would make more sense, as he is under team control until 2020. Both players would help the defensive struggles, and lift some serious offense at the bottom of the lineup.
The AL East is always a competitive division with teams as the Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles, Blue Jays, and Rays always slugging it out for first place, this year it looks like a two team race to the finish.
Besides the Red Sox and Yankees, the Blue Jays fell off due to injuries and an underwhelming performance has knocked them out of contention. The orioles gave up first after going back and fourth with New York in the first month of the season. The rays are a nice surprise, after an embarrassing season last year, sit in third place, but ultimately it will come down to the Yankees and Red Sox.
Aaron Judge is having one of the best rookie seasons that we’ve seen in a while, but without help from their starting pitching and bullpen inconsistencies, the Yankees will fall short and finish second in the AL East behind the Boston Red Sox.
If the Red Sox can fix their weakness, they could have a deep playoff run this year. With key players not performing well in some contenders, it’s anyone’s trophy to win as the second half of the season starts in Fenway Park, for a four game set against the second place Yankees.