Red Sox: What potential disasters await in 2017?

Feb 27, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price (24) looks on from the dugout against the St. Louis Cardinals at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 27, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price (24) looks on from the dugout against the St. Louis Cardinals at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 20, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada (10) during a spring training game against the San Francisco Giants at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 20, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada (10) during a spring training game against the San Francisco Giants at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports /

The trade that failed.

The blockbuster trade for Chris Sale has all the possibility of catapulting the Red Sox into the World Series. Sale is the real deal in every possible definition of it in baseball pitching terms. He is young, signed, and a routine choice for the upper echelon of being anointed a Cy Young Award. That has me firmly wearing my worry beads into pea size grains.

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This is too good to be true, so I expect something to go wrong. The accumulation of innings simply causes the eventual you know what. Maybe a less disastrous event such as the hamstring injury that continues on until the next ice age arrives. Maybe just nothing. In the parlance of noted Red Sox observers, he may just suddenly “suck.”

Let’s for the sake of debate say that Sale performs as expected and the Red Sox go into a three and done again in the playoffs. And to continue to abuse Nostradamus – Yoan Moncada has suddenly been the talk of baseball and becomes Rookie of the Year. That is the famed “Double Tap” or “Double Whammy” that all will dread. The Red Sox need a quality year from Sale and that means going deep into the playoffs.