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Red Sox poised to make World Series appearance

It can’t be as simple as it seems right? Add a big name pitcher during the winter meetings and you are thrust into the discussion on American League supremacy? It’s apparently the blueprint Boston is taking to ensure the Red Sox’s visit to the playoffs lasts farther into October than it did last year.

The Boston Red Sox made headlines last week when they traded for Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale. Boston gave up top prospects Yoan Moncada, and Michael Kopech along with Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz. Last years disappointing end to the season surely left a sour taste in the mouths of the organization, and pointed to an alarming fact that has rung true in baseball for decades: “Pitching wins Championships”.

Last seasons World Series proved as much when the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in a series that saw Corey Kluber and Jon Lester each appear in three of the seven games in the series. Pitching depth is on the Christmas wish list for every big league manager this off-season. The Red Sox added a huge asset to their rotation, possibly making it the deepest in all of baseball. With names like Rick Porcello, David Price, Steven Wright, Drew Pomeranz, and now Chris Sale, not to mention Clay Buchholz and Eduardo Rodriguez, Boston is determined to move deeper into the playoffs and has its sights set on a title run.

The trade has sparked some rumblings within baseball about just how reliable this staff will be. If you average out 162 games over 6 pitchers, you reach an average start number of 27. That’s not counting short rest scenarios and health issues, but the question is, can this pitching staff stay healthy and productive through an entire season? The knock on Sale for years has been his unconventional throwing style, not to mention the epidemic of arm injuries that have plagued baseball within the last few years. It’s not unreasonable to assume Boston took this into consideration and was well aware of the risk before agreeing to trade away its future for its assumed successful present.

The truth of the matter is this trade was made, in part, due to David Price’s less than stellar record in the postseason. In his playoff career, he’s 2-8 with a 5.54 ERA. Sale has overpowering stuff, and his arm slot makes it hard for hitters to detect the ball quickly. Frankly, he’s an intimidation factor that Price could only hope to be. How good this rotation will be, only time will tell, but the sky’s the limit for Boston.