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The Red Sox have dealt with plenty of injuries as Opening Day approaches. Regardless, Alex Cora has revealed his starting rotation.
In a matter of a few days, the Red Sox will open their season in Tampa Bay to kick off the 2018 Major League Baseball season.
Spring Training is drawing to a close, which will soon trigger a flurry of cuts, or minor league options. Additionally, the Sox had to establish their rotation.
Chris Sale will get the ball on Opening Day – likely facing Chris Archer. In his first full season, Sale posted a 2.90 ERA and was a Cy Young candidate through most of the season. Look for Sale to finish the job in 2018.
David Price will toe the rubber second for the Red Sox. Price has been the center of heavy media criticism for his antics, as well as his struggles. Injuries largely derailed a promising beginning to the season for the $217 million left hander.
Last season, Price posted a 3.38 ERA and silenced his postseason critics with a dominating performance out of the bullpen. Assuming his elbow is finally healthy, David Price may have a breakout season.
The 2016 AL Cy Young winner, Rick Porcello, will be third in the rotation. The ground ball expert posted a scary -.03 WAR & 4.65 ERA in 2017. The primary issue was the inability to keep the ball down and subsequently – in the yard.
New pitching coach, Dana Levangie will look to help get Porcello back into form to bolster the Red Sox rotation.
The fourth spot in the rotation leaves a bit of questioning. Alex Cora mentioned that Eduardo Rodriguez has thrown simulated games and may be on track to return for his turn through the rotation.
Rodriguez has dealt with a plethora of injuries to his knee over the course of his young career. It may be wise to give him ample time to recover, leaving Hector Velazquez in the rotation.
Brian Johnson is scheduled to take the final turn through the rotation. The left hander is remembered for throwing the only complete game shutout for the Red Sox last season. It was mentioned that he may come out the bullpen, but injuries have forced management’s hand.
Johnson had a 4.33 ERA in Boston, but a 3.08 in Pawtucket last season.
Rotation Wrap Up
Drew Pomeranz will return to the rotation after he recovers from a forearm strain. Alex Cora does not believe his injury is serious – good news for Red Sox fans.
Steven Wright has the opportunity to return to the rotation after recovering from his infamous shoulder injury.
When everyone is healthy the rotation is slated to be a variation of:
Sale / Price / Porcello / Pomeranz / Rodriguez
The rotation it set and we are all ready. Opening Day is just around the corner!