After a tough season, the Red Sox are back.
To be clear, this is not another pessimistic fan advocating for Chaim Bloom to give up on this season and start taking calls on Barnes and E-Rod, or even to stand pat and not make any trades that would strengthen Boston's 40-man roster at the expense of their farm system. However, there's a reason expectations were so low just a couple months ago, and why the exciting start to the Red Sox season has been met with tempered enthusiasm.
He’s been probably their best starter for the last few turns as he’s started throwing more strikes and everything has improved from there. Besides the walk rate coming way down during this run, he’s also been incorporating a curveball more often and getting more whiffs in the process. Nick Pivetta has been the most surprising player on the Red Sox roster this year.