2017 Boston Red Sox MLB Betting Season Prediction

Posted by Juan Carlos on Wednesday,March 22, 2017 9:56, EDT in

The Boston Red Sox won the American League East Division last year and made the playoffs for the first time since last winning the World Series in 2013. The Sox were the AL favorites entering the 2016 playoffs but were shockingly swept in the ALDS by Cleveland. What to expect this season? Anything short of a pennant would be a failure, and the Sox are MLB betting favorites to win it again.

2017 Boston Red Sox MLB Betting Season Prediction

Key Losses: RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Michael Kopech, INF Yoan Moncada, DH David Ortiz, 3B Travis Shaw, RHP Junichi Tazawa, RHP Koji Uehara, RHP Brad Ziegler

Key Additions: 1B Mitch Moreland, LHP Chris Sale, RHP Tyler Thornburg

2017 MyBookie.ag Win Totals: 93.5

Odds To Win AL East: -200

There’s no replacing the retired Ortiz, one of the best and most popular Red Sox in history. He’s not coming back at age 41. A future Hall of Fame candidate, Ortiz ended his career on a high note. He hit .315/.401/.620 with 38 homers and 127 RBI in 2016, leading the majors in OPS, slugging percentage (.620) and doubles (48). The 10-time All-Star said lingering injuries ultimately forced him to retire, and that the grind of a 162-game season simply became too much for him.

The Sox will use a combo of Hanley Ramirez and new addition Moreland at first base and DH. Moreland will largely play first because he’s an excellent defender and Ramirez isn’t. Moreland won the Gold Glove last year with Texas. Ramirez will occasional time at first against left-handed pitching while manager John Farrell uses the DH slot to mix in other players. The 31-year- old Moreland hit .233/.298/.422 with 22 home runs and 60 RBIs in 147 games for the Rangers in 2016. His best season was in ’15, when he had an .812 OPS to go with 23 homers and 85 RBIs.

The Red Sox led the majors in runs last year and probably will again even with losing Ortiz. Boston has the best young outfield in baseball in Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi – he’s the No. 1 overall prospect in MLB. Betts was the AL MVP runner-up last year. He ranked second in the AL in average (.318), second in hits (214), tied for second in runs (122), tied for third in doubles (42), tied for fourth in extra-base hits (78) and fourth in RBIs (113). Betts raked 31 home runs and was the first Red Sox player since Ted Williams to have two three-homer games in a season. Betts stole 26 bases in 30 attempts. He won the AL Silver Slugger in right field.

The Sox also have a superstar shortstop in Xander Bogaerts. He set pro-career bests in practically every traditional category last year: 21 home runs, 115 runs scored, 89 RBIs, 13 stolen bases, at only minimal cost to his batting average (.294). Bogaerts has set a goal to steal at least 20 bases during the 2017 season.

Boston’s big offseason acquisition was a trade for White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale. Sale, 27, is coming off his fifth straight All-Star season in 2016, when he finished 17-10 with 233 strikeouts in 226⅔ innings pitched. He joins a talented rotation that includes 2016 Cy Young winner Rick Porcello, past winner David Price and All-Star knuckleballer Steven Wright.

However, Price will not start the season with the Red Sox. He will begin it on the disabled list with an elbow injury. Price saw a specialist and won’t need surgery, but because he’s so far behind he likely will miss most of April in the majors. That opens up a spot in the rotation for all three of Eduardo Rodriguez, Wright and Drew Pomeranz, if healthy. Price, the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner with Tampa Bay, was 17-9 with a 3.99 ERA last year. He felt discomfort in his left elbow after a two- inning simulated game on Feb. 28.

Betting Predictions

This is the best team on paper in the American League. As long as Price is OK, take Boston to go over that win total and win the AL East again.