Five Milestones Boston Red Sox Players Might Hit In 2013
Elder Statesman of the Boston Red Sox David Ortiz
The Boston Red Sox are coming into the 2013 season with a revamped lineup and renewed hope. The team has rid itself of clueless manager Bobby Valentine and brought in pitching guru John Farrell. They acquired new players such as Ryan Dempster, Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino. With the new blood on and off the field there should be a better vibe at Fenway Park this season.
At this early stage it is hard to tell just where the Red Sox will end up at the end of the season. The American League East is up for grabs and any of the five teams could realistically take the division crown. Boston should get an idea of just how well they stack up early because the first four series they play will be against each division foe, starting with a three game series against their rivals the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
No matter how the Red Sox do this season it can't possibly be as bad as 2012 was. In September Valentine wound up trotting out a lineup with few recognizable names and the team looked as if it was waving the white flag. There were empty seats at Fenway which has been a rarity in the last decade.
So with the new season we will sweep out the bad and only look at the postive. Here are five milestones that you might see Red Sox players achieve in 2013. Some of them are from guys that have been in Boston a long time and others involve some of the new faces. Grab some peanuts and Cracker Jack and enjoy.
Jacoby Ellsbury 200 stolen bases
Jacoby Ellsbury needs just 11 stolen bases to reach 200 for his career. He will be just the third player to reach 200 steals in a Boston Red Sox uniform. Harry Hooper and Tris Speaker are the other two.
John Lackey 1,500 strikeouts
John Lackey is 35 strikeouts shy of 1,500. Throughout baseball history only 185 pitchers have eclipsed this number.
Jon Lester climbing the Red Sox all time strikeouts list
With just 49 punch outs Jon Lester could climb into the top five in strikeouts in Red Sox history. He would pass both Luis Tiant and Josh Beckett on the list.
Ryan Dempster 2,000 strikeouts
Newcomer Ryan Dempster needs to whiff 82 batters to collect 2,000 strikeouts. Currently only 82 pitchers have reached 2,000 and along the way he would pass guys like Red Ruffing and Whitey Ford.
David Ortiz 2,000 hits
If Big Papi can get healthy quickly he would have a shot at 2,000 hits. A number of guys such as Gil Hodges and Fred Lynn never reached 2,000. He needs 137 hits to make it happen.
Russell Call-Up Could Signal Eventual Castro Trade
As Addison Russell has been called up by the Chicago Cubs, one has to wonder how long current shortstop Starlin Castro will be sticking around. Read More