The Boston Red Sox are in a grudge match with the New York Yankees for 1st place. The AL East has been a constant battle all season amongst these two beasts. Teams in contention are always looking for that extra push to help them lead into October baseball, but what do the Sox need? Nothing, and here’s why.
Although there have been bright spots in Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz, the Sox are disappointed in what was supposed to be a team strength. David Price started out the year on the shelf with a concerning injury. Eduardo Rodriguez started out showing bright potential but got hurt earlier this month. Steven Wright has been injured the entire season and will be out for the remainder of it. Kyle Kendrick, who looked incredible in Spring Training, came up for a start and pitched poorly.
Apparently, the Sox need some pitching depth, but with the trade deadline coming up, they can seek just that. The Sox can find an upgrade and bolster the rotation without acquiring anyone. How so? Pitching should soon become a massive strength.
Chris Sale looks like the Cy Young Award favorite and should continue being a terror on the mound. Rick Porcello has been pitching very poorly, but should soon see his numbers get better. He’s a much better pitcher than what he’s shown in 2017. Although he may not ever reach his 2016 greatness, Porcello is a much better pitcher than his showing so far.
David Price is back and getting better. Although he’s been very average, Price is recuperating from an injury. His innings should continue to go up as he controls his pitch counts better. As for Eduardo Rodriguez, he’s expected to be back from injury soon. If he’s able to get back on track, there’s no reason to stress what he can bring to the table. Even with the recent acquisition of Doug Fister, the Sox have another innings eater who could slide into the back end of the rotation.
With the top of the rotation having Sale and Pomeranz, the Sox are set with 2/5 of the rotation. Bringing Rodriguez and Price back slowly, while Porcello gets back to form and Fister controls one of the slots, the Sox should have enough pitching to withstand from testing the trade deadline market.