It’s been a crazy start to the season, but Red Sox fans should R-E-L-A-X.

If you’re a Red Sox fan that has been spending more time watching the Boston Bruins challenge for a Stanley Cup, that’s certainly understandable. The reign of Boston sports has allowed for fans to have high expectations of their clubs, especially as defending champions.

While the Red Sox started the season off to a pretty slow start, they’ve been far more consistent in May – going 16-11 thus far. However as the season began, there are two primary things that concerned me: the true health of Dustin Pedroia and the current state of the Sox bullpen. According to many betting sites, like BettingTop10 USA, Red Sox fans can relax, as with their form they are still good favorites for defending the championship.

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On Monday, it was revealed that Pedroia had another setback in his rehab stint. Due to his current health status and age, it would not be unreasonable if the fan favorite ultimately decides to hang up the spikes. As Red Sox fans, we should be thankful for what he has done no matter what side you are on. The silver lining is the future of budding star, Michael Chavis. He’s been a phenomenal addition to the lineup and has proved that he’s likely to stick around for the long haul.

To be completely honest, I was a big proponent of keeping Craig Kimbrel, despite a shaky showing throughout the World Series run. While there were struggles, there’s no doubt that Kimbrel has a Hall of Fame resume, if he’s able to continue at a high level.

A contract situation forced him to sit out thus far in the 2019 season, but what’s been worse than the lack of a true closer is the availability of weak links. Tyler Thornburg has been absolutely atrocious and has been a part of a core of arms that has either been up-and-down from the minors, or has been outright struggling. The mere presence of Thornburg within the defending World Series champions’ bullpen shows a lack of elite depth. Let’s be honest, he would not be appearing regularly for the likes of the New York Yankees, or Houston Astros – he should not be appearing for the Boston Red Sox any longer.

It would not be surprising to see the Red Sox add bullpen depth at the ever-exciting Trade Deadline.

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