Red Sox SP Ryan Weber:
Nothing against Weber, who is now in his second year with the team, but it seems like a lot has to go wrong for him to get the start on Opening Day.
He primarily came out of the bullpen in 2019. He only made three starts for Boston with 18 total appearances. He went 2-4 with a 5.09 ERA. The reason he is in the discussion to make the start Opening Day is due to his Spring Training performance. Red Sox coaches were very high on him after he gave up 0 runs in 9 innings combined during Spring Training. Now, he is being considered the 4th starter.
If he performs well during the season, he can be a solid force out of the rotation. If not, he can either serve as an opener or even be moved to the bullpen. Hopefully, either way, he can help eat up innings for the 2020 Red Sox.
Looking at the rotation, Weber would most likely be considered the 4th or 5th option to start on Opening Day, but don’t count him out. If Rodriguez isn’t available, the Red Sox are already down a starter. Weber could end up being one of the top options if at least another pitcher gets hurt or sick.
Likelihood: Very unlikely
Percent chance: 5%