Five Red Sox question marks for the 2018 season
By Rick McNair
The Boston Red Sox will have a significant number of question marks heading into 2018 and I have chosen five for a review and predictions.
What is a question mark? What it represents is a symbol for the unknown or an uncertainty according to the online dictionary. The Boston Red Sox certainly have a substantial collection of question marks as they prepare for a defense of their American League East division crown. That crown, however, is like being seventh in line to the throne of Luxembourg.
The offseason will be one of examining in detail the question marks that have surfaced with the Red Sox. The question marks may well remain in place well into the 2018 season, but the question marks could certainly be instrumental in how management approaches the roster. Decisions will be made based on the baseball ops perception of these question marks and that will give fodder for Red Sox Nation.
The late Howard Cosell used to have a saying when an NFL player went down with an apparent knee injury during the salad days of Monday Night Football: “It’s always the knee” and if you follow the Red Sox it is certainly the knee that has gathered question mark momentum.
I will start with the knee situation. The five question marks I will mention are fairly obvious, so now a look and some predictions on the eventual outcome of each.