We’ve officially hit the home-stretch of Spring Training. Opening Day is a week away, and the Boston Red Sox have just seven games left of pre-season action before they open the 2017 season at Fenway Park versus the National League’s Pittsburgh Pirates on April 3rd.
The line-ups we’ll all see for these final handful of Spring Training games will basically be the Red Sox Opening Day line-up. As the active roster gets trimmed down to its final 25 players ready to begin the new campaign, manager John Farrell will testing out a starting 9 he believes fit for Opening Day.
The Red Sox face off against the Minnesota Twins today, with this particular line-up being a strong projection for April 3rd:
Starting Pitcher: Chris Sale
This is the line-up with a week left of pre-season, with the exception of Sandy Leon starting behind the plate and reigning CY Young winner Rick Porcello getting the nod to the mound for Opening Day, this starting line-up is pretty much what we’ll see to start the year.
In terms of Boston’s starting rotation, we feel it’ll be something like this:
*David Price out until May
No doubt when David Price returns from his elbow injury he’ll slide right back into the starting rotation, probably at the 3 spot with E-Rod to the 4 and Pomeranz to the pen.