The Boston Red Sox are coming off a year in which they won their division and looked like a World Series contender, only to get swept out of the postseason. Pablo Sandoval is back and slimmer than we’ve seen him. The youth movement has fully arrived too — as Andrew Benintendi is expected to be their everyday left fielder and Mookie Betts is expected to play like an MVP for the next 10 years or so.
The Chicago Tribune writers make their predictions for the 2017 baseball season. Mark Gonzales AMERICAN LEAGUE East: Red Sox Central: Indians West: Astros Wild cards: Rangers, Blue Jays AL champion: Red Sox NATIONAL LEAGUE East: Mets Central: Cubs West: Dodgers Wild-card winners: Giants, Nationals NL champion: Cubs World Series champion: Red Sox POSTSEASON AWARDS AL: Mookie Betts, Red Sox NL: Nolan Arenado, Rockies AL: Chris Sale, Red Sox NL: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers AL: Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox NL: Dansby Swanson, Braves AL: A.J. Hinch, Astros NL: Terry Collins, Mets David Haugh AMERICAN LEAGUE East: Red Sox Central: Indians West: Astros Wild-card winners: Mariners, Blue Jays AL champion:
Jordan Montgomery arrived to spring training with the chance to show the Yankees he belonged in their long term plans. Earlier in the offseason, I wrote that he could work his way into the rotation as early as midseason. After pitching well in camp, however, he has accelerated that timeline. Following his eight-strikeout performance against the Rays last week, he’s established himself as a legitimate contender for the fifth starter position. Somewhere along the way, though, expectations got out of hand. Montgomery went from depth option, to fifth starter candidate, to future ace in less than two weeks. I’m not exaggerating when I mention the frontline starter comments either. Former scout Bernie