The "Wicked Big" Achilles Heel Of The 2017 Red Sox
Call it what you will: 'the elephant in the room', the 'thing that shall not be named'—whatever. But the one really scary 'Sword of Damocles' hanging over the 2017 Carmine Hose is replacing the offensive production of one David Américo Ortiz Arias. Apparently, neither Edwin Encarnación nor José Bautista is walking through that door—so we are left with cobbling together pieces from Hanley Ramirez and Mitch Moreland. Yeeesh! Now, pitching and defense are clearly the more important facets of winning baseball teams—and Boston will field a team superior on both counts. But, where will Big Papi's 38 HRs and 127 RBIs come from? That's a big slice of the Red Sox offense.