With the Red Sox clinching the division with their 6-3 victory over Houston, they know will have until Thursday before Chris Sale takes the mound in Houston for his first official postseason start.
While it’s good that they were able to clinch the division it took longer than many had hoped or wanted. John Farrell must take these next few days to really evaluate his roster and who should and should not be on it.
The big question marks will be:
How healthy will Nuñez be?
He ran the bases and took BP earlier on Saturday and proclaimed it to be one of the best days he’s had since his initial injury earlier in September. “I’ll be ready, 100 percent. I’ll be there for the playoffs.”He has been kept out of the lineup since re-aggravating the injury against the Blue Jays. He can still get some game activity through simulated games to prove his health. If he’s healthy then he’s on this roster and allows for the Red Sox to carry another pitcher.
Nunez availability is crucial to the Red Sox postseason success. He has been an X-factor for the Sox since being acquired from the Giants. Despite being a contact hitter, he has flashed power at the plate, while being extremely aggressive on the bases. If he is fully healthy, there is no reason why he won’t see consistent playing time.
Who will make the postseason roster?
Here are my predictions on who will make the roster. Pitchers: * indicates starters (12) *Sale, *Porcello, *Pomeranz (Erod) Kimbrel, Reed, Smith, Kelly, Price, Scott, Maddox, Workman.
Notable left off roster: Boyer, Barnes, Hembree, Abad, Fister
Having pitchers who can pitch multiple innings is vital to a postseason bullpen. Both Kelly and Price can give you 2-3 innings each. Smith since returning has slowly had his velocity increase. Maddox and Workman provide mid-inning help. Eduardo Rodriguez could be in bullpen if Farrell decides to go with 3 starters
Catchers: (2) Leon, Vasquez
Infield: (6) Moreland, Pedroia, Bogaerts, Devers, Nunez, Marrero
DH: (1) Hanley Ramirez
Outfielders: (4) Andrew Benintendi, JBJ, Mookie, Rajai Davis,
I think John Farrell takes Rajai Davis over Chris Young and Deven Marrero over Brock Holt. Chris Young has struggled mightily this season and Davis provides excellent speed and defensive ability. Marrero has been far better than Holt and should warrant himself a playoff roster spot.