With MLB Spring Training in full swing and opening day right around the corner, I think that the Red Sox have there work cut out for them this season. Some people have given me questions, so I will provide the answers:
1) Which players are primed for breakout seasons in 2008?
It could be anybody. JD Drew should have a GREAT year, but it could be anyone.
2) Are Clay Buchholz and Jacoby Ellsbury ready to contribute full-time?
Both of these fine young men are ready to be fully commited, and are great players. Clay has great fielding and pitching abilities, and Jacoby is a fast addition to the team with good fielding skills and hitting ability. I feel that they are ready to take on a full year in the majors.
3) Why will this team win the AL East instead of New York or Toronto?
Well, this is tough. Both teams are good, but they do not have the best teams this year. They have older players and not to many younger players compared to the Sox.
4) How likely is it that this team defends its World Series Championship?
It seems very likely. If we can buckle down and hit the ball and score runs, and not make errors or allow alot of runs we should be fine., and we NEED to win games! But yet it is still to early to tell.
5) What are your thoughts conerning the team deciding to head to Japan for the upcoming opening series with the A's?
The Red Sox are looking good in spring training. There record is 7-11 compared to the A's 16-7. The team seems ready to me, since they keep on talking about it. The players stuck up for the coaches yesterday, saying that you pay the coaches the smae amount as us, or we are NOT going to Japan. Well, as of last night every single member of the team will be getting $40,000 to travel to Japan and play.
To me John Henry made a stupid move on his part, starting off saying that everybody will get $40,000, but only giving the players that much. All of the players from the Sox were going to take money out of there own pocket to pay the coaches to travel.
But this is one series I cannot miss. The A's have a strong team this year, and so do the Sox. Almost any team can be the contender. The Sox have a young staff and some older players. This will do them good in the real season. Now remember spring training dosn't count, but the regular season does. Ya, maybe the A's are better than us in spring training, but the scouts are looking at the younger players, not at records. To me the Sox will take the series 2-0.
THE ROSTER FOR JAPAN:
PITCHERS (13): David Aardsma, Clay Buchholz, Bryan Corey, Manny Delcarmen, Jon Lester, Javier Lopez, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima, Jonathan Papelbon, Kyle Snyder, Julian Tavarez, Mike Timlin, Tim Wakefield
CATCHERS (3): Dusty Brown, Kevin Cash*, Jason Varitek.
INFIELDERS (8): Sean Casey, Alex Cora, Mike Lowell, Jed Lowrie*, Julio Lugo, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis.
OUFIELDERS (6): Coco Crisp, J.D. Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Bobby Kielty*, Brandon Moss, Manny Ramirez.
60-DAY DISABLED LIST (1): Curt Schilling.
*Non-Roster Invitee (Redsox.com)