Four optimistic Boston Red Sox predictions for 2020 season
By Max Bozicas
Offense stays dominant without Mookie Betts
The Red Sox are going to trade Mookie Betts very soon, and that will rightfully be seen as a big loss in the lineup. Mookie has been one of the best hitters in the league for a while now and his impact is obviously profound. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but even without him there are still some very threatening bats in the order.
It’s not crazy to say that they will be among the top teams in terms of runs scored in 2020, as they were in 2019. After all, J.D. Martinez hits .300 in his sleep at this point while Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts are both coming off of career years at the plate. Not to mention, Michael Chavis had a promising rookie campaign in which he displayed some serious power.
The lineup as a whole will likely see a dip in production without Betts, but it may not be as substantial as many have been lead to believe. There are plenty of dangerous hitters on the Red Sox and they will prove that they can score a ton of runs even without Betts on the team.
The Red Sox are definitely going to have their flaws in 2020, but rest assured the offense will not be one of them. In fact, much like last season, it is more likely that they will be a bright spot. If that is the case and the pitching finds a way to improve (it can’t get much worse), then it will be an interesting year.