Red Sox Predictions: How’d We Do?
Published: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 22, 2013 16:09
Hey all, it has been an amazing summer of baseball for the Red Sox who sit atop the AL East and as of Monday have a magic number of four before they clinch the American League East title. All I can say is that I never pegged them to be this good. After their hot start in April I was skeptical of our starting nine, but as time went on they have yet to disappoint me as they gear up for their first playoff trip since 2009. At the end of the semester I made five predictions for the summer, so I figured why not use my 20-20 hindsight to see just how wrong I was.
Prediction 1: The Red Sox will cool off.
We last left the Red Sox with an 18-7 start to the season (good for a .720 win percentage for you humanities majors), which is astoundingly good. Since then the Sox have cooled off a bit, but not by much as they currently boast an MLB best 92-59 record, which amounts to a much more modest .609 win percentage. Anyone think they can get to 100 on the season?
Prediction 2: Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz will combine for 35 wins
This one was a fair one to make back then, and if Buchholz didn’t hurt himself while sleeping on the couch in June they would easily have beaten the 35-win mark. So far the two have combined for 25 wins, so the best they could probably do is 29 assuming they go 4-0 in their next starts, which could be likely but you never know.
Prediction 3: David Ortiz will post big numbers
This wasn’t so much a prediction as an absolute fact. At 38 years young
Big Papi can still produce at the plate. Ortiz has hit at a .311/.397/.564 clip with 27 home runs and 94 RBIs, oh and he is also tied for second on the team with 26 doubles. The biggest factor for
Ortiz is the ability to use the opposite field, something Papi has been doing a lot of in the past few years. By using the Green Monster, Ortiz has bought a few more years to add to an already fantastic career.
Prediction 4: Jacoby Ellsbury will have a good year and be traded
Well I missed the boat on this one, I was right that Ellsbury would have a nice bounce-back season but instead of trading the star centerfielder when they could the Sox chose to keep him. If Ellsbury resigns for the Sox at a good price then great keeping him was the right decision, but should he go elsewhere for more money I’ll stand by my word that the Sox should have traded him when they could have gotten something in return.
Prediction 5: The Sox will make the playoffs
This was actually a tough one to make, with the Yankees exceeding expectations, the Rays doing pretty well, and the Blue Jays hosting perennial All Stars not many pegged the Sox to be playing baseball in October. Yet after a summer of trials and many hard-fought battles here they are with a 9.5 game lead in the AL East and soon to be crowned AL East champions.
Well I did pretty well as far as predictions go, sure I missed a few and was way off on some others, but that’s the way baseball is. It’s a funny game and you never quite know what will happen. The Sox are better than they’ve been in years and while making predictions is all well and good, don’t forget to just enjoy the ride. The Sox will play the Orioles at Fenway then head on to face the Toronto Blue Jays. The way things have been going lately, chances are the BoSox will be toasting glasses of champagne in the Sox clubhouse this coming week.