With just six days till the start of the season, it’s time to start hammering down roles.
The book is still out on Pablo Sandoval, while he’s comatose after crashing the local buffet Travis Shaw is tearing it and the Padres, for some reason, are interested. The Sox have till Friday to make that call though, but in the mean time we’ve found out what we already knew, along with another surprise.
First off, we all knew David Price would start on Opening Day. It’d be trolling to not have him, which could be funny when you think about it. Our ace will take the mound on Monday as the Sox oppose the Indians to kick off the 2016 season as he makes his long-awaited regular season debut for the Sox.
Be there or be square.
Next though, Rusney Castillo has been bumped to platoon in left with Brock Holt. Rusney will start against lefties with Holt starting against righties. But what about Chris Young? Yes he’ll start against lefties too, which means Rusney may only start a quarter of the games this season–as it should be until he plays like he deserves a regular spot.
It’s quite the fall from grace for Rusney, once an excitable Cuban import, now he is a $72M bench player–nice going Cherington.
Meanwhile Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr are the regulars who will get days off from time to time (Young will likely start against lefties for JBJ as well) but otherwise will be our go-tos. Stay tuned for our updates on Panda watch, hoping we can kiss his fat a$$ goodbye before the season starts.