Runs Per Game: 4.62 (3rd)
Team ERA: 4.31 (25th)
Run Differential: -5 (18th)
What Went Right:
Mookie Betts was fantastic in his first full season. Big Papi could still hit, ending the season with 37 home runs. Brock Holt was solid playing all over the field for the Red Sox. Clay Bucholz turned it around again last year. He pitched very well before getting hurt.
What Went Wrong:
Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval were perhaps the two worst players in the league last year. One of them busting wouldn’t have been a surprise but both. Tough break for Boston. The three startin pitchers they brought in during the offseason (Wade Miley, Rick Porcello, and Justin Masterson) were collectively and individually disappointing.
Player to Watch?:
We said Xander Bogaerts would hit better in his second year and he did.
There’s Always Next Year:
With Betts, Bogaerts, and Holt, the Red Sox have a young and talented core. With some other intriguing young players and a big budget, Boston should be able to surround those guys with a solid team. They have to figure out their pitching situation though. Signing David Price will help but there’s still more work to be done if this team wants to win the World Series next year.
How Did We Do:
Boston was another very disappointing team. They scored a lot of runs as we expected but their pitching was just awful. The Red Sox finished eight games worse than we expected.