Student Voices: Pitching, hitting poised to put Red Sox in Series

§ June 21st, 2016 § Filed under Journalism, NIE News, Student Voices § No Comments

Congratulations to this month's Student Voices writer, Anthony Luti, a high school student from Wilmington.  Check out Anthony's article published on BostonHerald.com.

To the delight of baseball fans everywhere, the sun has 
risen on the 2016 MLB season. That being said, every baseball fan is analyzing their pitching and batting lineups and making firm predictions that they will stand by throughout the 162-game season.

In a season as long as a baseball season, a lot can happen that may damage one’s predictions on their favorite team’s season, such as injuries and trades, but for this prediction I will stand firm on the roster at hand.

Let’s begin with what seemed to be a never-ending storm cloud that hovered over the Red Sox all season last year: the pitching. In order to have a championship-contending baseball team, you need a solid lineup of pitchers that will hold batters to a limited amount of hits each and every time they step on the mound.

For the Red Sox, this was a major issue and the effect was as clear as day: Due to the overwhelming number of mediocre pitchers on the Red Sox pitching staff, they finished the season in last place. However, there were a couple of pitchers, such as Clay Buchholz and Koji 
Uehara, who made their presence felt throughout the season, but with the 
injuries of Buchholz and the fact that Uehara is a closer and does not start out the game, it wasn’t anywhere close to enough.

This year, the Red Sox made a monster free-agency
splash signing pitcher 
David Price, who is one of the best pitchers this league has to offer. On top of that, the Red Sox signed new closer Craig Kimbrel, who not only is a fantastic closing pitcher, but can throw the ball at speeds up to 99 mph.

With the addition of Price and Kimbrel, I 
believe it may just be enough to remove the hovering storm cloud of poor pitching away from Boston.

Concerning the topic of batting, I never doubt the hitting power that the Red Sox can deliver day in and day out.

From first to ninth on the batting order, I see a very firm and confident lineup, with the leadership and power 
of David Ortiz to 
the seemingly magical Brock Holt. I see a championship-contending team and expect nothing less in this 2016 MLB season.

Due to all the information I have provided, I feel that it is appropriate to predict that the Red Sox will indeed be making a World Series appearance this year.

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