The 2021 season is far from the most hyped up season from a Boston Red Sox fan’s standpoint in recent memory. With all of the changes that have happened over the last year or so, the ballclub has found itself at a bit of a crossroads.
Following the Mookie Betts deal, the Sox have now lost all three outfield members of the 2018 World Series champion roster, along with several other infield guys. The bullpen has a completely new look, and the rotation will rely heavily on the health of Eduardo Rodriguez and Nathan Eovaldi, with ace Chris Sale still undergoing his rehab from Tommy John surgery.
However, things are not as glum as they may seem. Boston still has one of the more talented groups in the major league, has made clever signings this offseason, and is on track to be a competitive ballclub this season. No, they’re not going to win 108 regular-season games or cruise to a World Series victory, they probably won’t even be close to competing in their own division, but, they have a talented roster that will be able to go on streaks and hopefully put together a winning season.
You can go into this season with a negative mindset from all that has happened recently and nobody could really blame you for that. This ballclub has lost a lot of its identity from previous years. But, they’re still the Red Sox and things will figure themselves out over the next few years if Chaim Bloom is allowed to do his job.
There are no expectations for this MLB season, and rightly so. What you can expect though is to watch a ballclub with plenty of talent in its lineup that has the potential to win a game of baseball on any given night. Let’s have a look at its biggest strengths going into the season.