Red Sox: What potential disasters await in 2017?
David Price has storm warnings flying at a snappy clip with his recent concerns. The crisis has been averted – at least momentarily – but hovering in the background to all – especially Price – is will the next pitch be “The One?”
Newcomer Tyler Thornburg became a spring training pitching piñata in his first few appearances. How bad was it? I am certain Stevie Wonder would have hit Thornburg. Is it just a minor adjustment to a new routine? Thornburg will start the season on the DL. I will fan the flames of doubt with a simple phrase – Carson Smith.
Drew Pomeranz – a noted failure of 2016 – has developed a slight muscle strain, but just what is slight? Will it be of continuing concern? Will he simply go the way of a Yugo?
Steven Wright may be back on his pitching track after last season’s shutdown. That – quite naturally – has me in Missouri “Show Me” mode. A big ditto to Eduardo Rodriguez and his knee. Even Rick Porcello’s tweak of a thumb causes me check out sleep aids. All (supposedly) have passed the pitching litmus test. I have certainly heard that before – just don’t look behind the curtain.
If it is June and Kyle Kendrick is being considered our ace then the season is officially lost.