The Boston Red Sox rotation took a hit on Tuesday night.
3) Boston Red Sox
2019 team ERA: 4.70
Key Additions: Martín Pérez (FA)
The Red Sox rotation did not meet expectations in 2019. This was part of why the Sox didn’t even make the playoffs after winning the World Series the previous year.
Once again, Chris Sale will lead Boston’s rotation. Sale dealt with an injury last season and is trying to come back to his All-Star caliber level this season. Eduardo Rodriguez, the most reliable piece to the Sox over the past few years, will likely man the #2 rotation spot.
Former Cy-Young winner, David Price was just traded on Tuesday night to the Los Angeles Dodgers. This will leave a big hole in the Red Sox rotation, depending on what the Red Sox return package is (as of late Tuesday night, a viable replacement isn’t coming back in return). Next, comes Nathan Eovaldi in the #3 spot who helped push the Red Sox to their World Series victory in 2018. Eovaldi is also coming off an injury that kept him out for most of last season. Manning the #4 spot, for now, will likely be Martín Pérez who had a 5.12 ERA with the Twins last season.
2) Tampa Bay Rays
2019 team ERA: 2.82
Key Additions: N/A
The Tampa Bay Rays are certainly a dangerous-looking team from their arms, bats, and gloves. However, their rotation is going to be the spotlight of the team and one of the best in the league.
Don’t let this young rotation fool you, this group of arms could match up with teams like the Yankees. The difference between the Rays and Yankees hurlers is that the Rays have built their rotation mostly through trades and their farm system. In addition, the Rays have a team full of flamethrowers beginning with Blake Snell. Snell is coming off a season that was exceptionally less impressive than his 2018 Cy-Young year. He posted a 4.29 ERA but did deal with injury and therefore had a smaller sample size.
The second spot will be filled by the young star, Tyler Glasnow. Followed by the veteran Charlie Morton who had a great bounce-back season last year. The four, five and six spots could go in any order and that is if the Rays use a 6-man rotation. Yarbrough, Chirinos, and McKay are all pitchers who many teams such as the O’s could use as starters near the top of their rotation.