By Shelby Tavares – @shelbytavares11
In baseball, everything matters. The coaching, the statistics, the money and most importantly, the future. As every series is played and every title is won, the General Managers, the coaches, and even the players are considering their next move.
The Boston Red Sox have had an exceptional season, with a few winning streaks of 6 to 8 games, they held their own. As the postseason has arrived, the Red Sox season appears to be coming to a screeching halt. With a lineup of nonexistent power hitters, an unreliable starting rotation, and an inconsistent bullpen, the Sox need to seriously consider their future and the moves they should take to make the 2018 season, “their” season.
One of the top ideas to better the Red Sox for the upcoming season is to fire John Farrell. It’s been a good run but no matter how hard he tries, he cannot run a baseball club.
When John Farrell comes to mind to Sox fans and outsiders in the baseball community, three words come to mind as his biggest failure: pitching. To be fair, Farrell had about three solid bullpen pitchers (four if you consider young star Carson Smith) and maybe two halfway consistent starters.
The three main pitchers of the bullpen are in my opinion from order starting most talented: Craig Kimbrel being number one, followed by Joe Kelly and Addison Reed. The starting pitchers who for the most part were consistently trustworthy are Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz.
With that being said, John Farrell did the absolute least to ensure success when it came to the pitching by choosing to trust pitchers like Matt Barnes to save the game or starting pitchers like Rick Porcello (who has a 4.65 ERA) in games that matter the most.
Another big flaw with Farrell is the development of young players. Rafael Devers was and is the most impressive young prospect in the game. Others would argue Aaron Judge but with the consistency and skill of Devers, he is without a doubt the best rookie player in the league right now. As the postseason has arrived, Farrell made the questionable decision to play Deven Marrero instead of Rafael Devers. Throughout this season, Devers has shown impeccable talent with his swing. Always staying inside the ball, Devers’ swing perfectly caters to Fenway Park to pepper the Green Monster. Farrell puts too much trust in the washed up players and not enough attention to the young prospects.
Taking all of these things into consideration,the firing of John Farrell and replacing someone who might have better judgement could be the secret ingredient to ensuring the Red Sox success in the upcoming season.
With 2017 being the Red Sox’s first season without Big Papi’s home run consistency, the second key to having more wins and better statistics is to find a new power hitter. With Hanley Ramirez coming to a less reliable hitter and the rest of the lineup lacking that home run power, the Red Sox absolutely need a player who can consistently hit over 300 and/or a fair amount of homeruns.
With this being said, I think one of the best options the Red Sox have for this issue is to trade two main players like Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts for Giancarlo Stanton from Miami. Giancarlo Stanton is a consistent home run hitter reaching a staggering 59 this season. As far as in the field goes, he is, for the most part, reliable. Stanton is one of the best options for the Red Sox in need of a power hitter.
As there a many options that the Red Sox organization could do to better their team for next season, I firmly believe that by firing John Farrell first, Boston can find a head coach with better judgement. And with this new head coach, there’s hope in finding more consistent starting pitchers, putting trust into the young prospects, and trading for a power hitter to ensure a better season for the Red Sox.