When a team goes on an improbable championship run like the Boston Red Sox did last year, a lot has to go right and sometimes things have to be pretty much perfect. In Boston’s case, it was. One of the things that helped out the Red Sox so much was that they didn’t have a lot of injuries to their key players.
This year has been completely different. Shane Victorino hasn’t even made an appearance yet because of his pulled hamstring. Will Middlebrooks has a strained right calf and could be out for a few weeks. David Ortiz has been hitting, but he just doesn’t look right when he runs and that is always a concern. Koji Uehara has been dealing with shoulder stiffness and most recently, Dustin Pedroia has been having issues with his thumb.
If it isn’t one thing, it is another with this year’s Red Sox. It reminds me of 2012 and the Bobby Valentine debacle. Yes, he did cause a lot of those issues, but what didn’t help him at all was that a lot of his key players that year couldn’t get healthy. As a matter of fact, there wasn’t one game where he had his everyday lineup. That was completely out of Valentine’s control.
It shouldn’t get to that point. Boston does have a lot of depth and that will help them stay afloat until their regular players can get healthy. Another key component to a team’s success is having depth and that helps out in a big way when injuries happen. Boston hasn’t even had to dip into their farm system, which shows how enviable they are with all that quality talent.
Once Boston gets going on all cylinders, they should be okay. However, if we are heading into the summer and they still aren’t healthy, that could be a problem.