5 bold predictions for the 2023 Boston Red Sox

Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale and infielder Rafael Devers
Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale and infielder Rafael Devers / Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox/GettyImages
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We're a few short weeks away from the Boston Red Sox opening the 2023 season by hosting the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. As we approach the start of a new season, it's time to gaze into our crystal ball and make some predictions.

Expectations are fairly lukewarm on the heels of a season in which the Red Sox finished last in their division with a 78-84 record. The front office was busy retooling the roster this offseason but their efforts were stained by the botched negotiations that led to their star shortstop bolting in free agency.

Fans are frustrated, and rightfully so, but there are reasons for optimism heading into this season. We're going to focus on the positive for these predictions. We can't assume that everything will fall perfectly into place to allow each of these predictions to come true. That's what makes them bold.

They are all realistically attainable though. If they are relatively close to achieving these goals, the Red Sox should exceed expectations this season.