The regular season is a month away and the Red Sox downfall has already begun. The Red Sox are coming into this season with enormous expectations, with the addition of Chris Sale this offseason the Red Sox are officially in World Series or bust mode. David Price, who they signed to a huge contract the prior offseason, is the second best pitcher behind Chris Sale in the Red Sox stacked starting rotation, now it looks like Price could miss some serious time. Anytime a pitcher goes for a 2nd opinion the outcome is never a good one. If Price is out for an extended period of time that would be a big blow to the Red Sox rotation, obviously, however it would not be a devastating one. If Price has to miss the entire season that could be a very painful blow, he's a pitcher they'll definitley miss come September and October.
Price was awful at the beginning of last season, he had just signed a monster deal with the Red Sox, and then he looked like he was going to turn out to be a Carl Crawford like signing. It took a little longer than Red Sox fans might've hoped for, but Price eventually got back to his old ways beginning to dominate for the most part towards the end of last season. Here's why the Red Sox fan base shouldn't freak out too much. Let's say worst case scenario Price is out for the year. The starting rotation will then be Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Drew Pomeranz, Steven Wright, Eddy Rodriguez, that's still a damn good staff. Also, I know I said the Red Sox will miss Price in October, will they really though? Price has been awful in the postseason throughout his career, he's 2-8 with a 5.54 ERA, he's certainly no Curt Schilling in the postseason. I really don't think this injury will be all that detrimental to the Red Sox regardless the outcome, although I do believe it's a sign of things to come for this season.
The Red Sox have very very high expectations this season, and I don't think they're made for the hype. A lot of young talent on this team, a few savvy vets as well, a premiere pitching staff, and a lights out closer, what could possibly go wrong. Seems like the Red Sox got a lot going for them, a lot to be excited about, but you still got to play the games. Let's see if the rotation lives up to hype, let's see if the young guns can continue to progress at astonishing pace, let's see if the vets can continue playing at a high level, and let's see if you can bring home another championship. Oh wait, lets not forget... David Ortiz is gone. Have the Red Sox won a World Series post-curse without Ortiz? No, they haven't for those of you that don't know. David Ortiz was the Red Sox kryptonite to the curse, and now that he's gone the Red Sox will never be the same. Question it all you want, you'll begin to see it with your own eyes soon enough. Let the bad luck begin, well, it kinda already has.