This is the first post in a new series. Charlotte Cooper will be following her Boston Red Sox’s fortunes over the course of the season here at BaseballGB.
With the first game of the 2015 season almost upon us, the pressure is on for the Boston Red Sox to make an impact and to make any last minute changes.
Many fan’s worries have been with the starting rotation as it was one of the weaknesses during last season. They went went from winning the World Series to having some of the worst stats in the league. The Red Sox were ranked last in hitting and to try and change this they spent a whopping $183 million on Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.
Certainly the loss of Jon Lester, who decided not to sign with the team has had an impact. Lester would have been a good place for the Red Sox to start building their rotation.
One player in particular doesn’t have to bother about trying to make an impression. Mookie Betts continues to impress fans as he’s had more than enough extra base hits to make his name known and continues to amaze the crowds despite the season not starting yet. He is one of the players to keep an eye on when the season starts.
An interesting development for the team is that of Christian Vazquez who sustained an injury to his right elbow. At the moment it isn’t known how long he will be out for but on Monday he was placed on the 60 day disabled list.
This serves as a bit of a knock to the team as throughout the 2014 season, players such as Will Middlebrooks, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr were plagued with injuries, which they were hoping to avoid this upcoming season.
The first game of the season will be away, against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday 6th April at 3:05 PM (ET) (20.05 BST). Their home opener will be on 13th April against the Washington Nationals at the same time.