We're mostly through the month of May, and the Boston Red Sox are still right in the thick of postseason contention. At 26-20, Boston is in fourth place in the ridiculously tough AL East, but is also just half a game outside of a playoff spot. I get that it's only May, but not bad for a team most people predicted to finish in last place in the division.
Boston is led by their elite offense as the Sox rank third in all of baseball in runs scored. They're doing this without Rafael Devers even hitting his stride yet (although that might be changing following a two-home run game in San Diego).
This elite offense is why roster moves Boston will make before the month of June will most likely be with the pitching side. One hitter will have to go by June 1 with Christian Arroyo returning soon, but the pitching is what really needs work.
1) Red Sox pitcher Brayan Bello will not be on the roster past June 1
Brayan Bello does not deserve to go down. Since his recall in early May, he's gone at least five innings while allowing two earned runs or fewer in all three of his starts. Honestly, outside of Bello's first start of the season, He's been an effective MLB starting pitcher which is encouraging for the future,
Bello deserves to stay, but with Garrett Whitlock scheduled to return next weekend in Arizona, I don't see how that's really possible. Boston might not have a good rotation, but the depth they have is better than lots of other teams out there. Barring a shocking move, Bello is the arm to go.
The only other pitcher in their starting rotation with options is Tanner Houck., who I don't believe is going anywhere. Unless Boston DFA's someone like Corey Kluber who we've lost patience with, or moves Houck or Whitlock to the bullpen, Bello will be going down.
This Red Sox rotation has injury concerns written all over it, so if Bello was even sent down he wouldn't be in AAA for too long.