Have you heard about the rebuilt and absolutely loaded Boston Red Sox? Not only do All-Stars Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, and Jackie Bradley playing every day, but they also have one of the most stocked pitching staffs of all time. In just the past few years, GM Dave Dombrowski signed the top free-agent arm (Cy Young winner David Price), acquired a top NL pitcher (Drew Pomeranz), and gutted the farm system to bring in Chris Sale (another Cy Young winner).
That rotation also includes 2016 AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello and young phenom Eduardo Rodriguez. (Why not Sonny Gray and Yu Darvish, too?) Meanwhile, Dombrowski’s never-ending pursuit of the perfect bullpen meant trades for Craig Kimbrel, Carson Smith, Tyler Thornburg, and Fernando Abad (among others) in the past two seasons. You can see why Yankees GM Brian Cashman called this group “the Golden State Warriors of baseball.”
So why aren’t the Red Sox all that good? Projections had them winning the World Series in 2016 and more or less the same in 2017. But Boston is a longshot for a title at this point. In fact, we’re not so sure this team will even make the playoffs. Here’s an easy path to the Red Sox missing the postseason.