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BOSTON — The final two months of this 2015 Boston Red Sox season are all about preparing for 2016.
Sounds exactly like last year when the final two months of the 2014 Boston Red Sox season were used to get a head start on 2015.
How did that work out?
Yes, obviously not very well since the Red Sox are in the same position one year later.
So here they go again in Groundhog Day fashion.
It’s time to see how well rookie starting pitchers Brian Johnson and Henry Owens perform to determine if they should be in 2016 rotation. (Yes, expect Owens to get called up).
We’ll see a lot of $72.5 million man Rusney Castillo.
And maybe, just maybe, we’ll even see Hanley Ramirez or Pablo Sandoval move to first base.
GM Ben Cherington was asked about a potential position switch for Ramirez and Sandoval at some point during the final two months.
“One of the things I want to do now that we’re past the deadline that John (Farrell) and I have already talked about is just really get together with John and his staff and just talk about how we can best use the next two months,” Cherington replied, refusing to get into specifics about Sandoval and Ramirez or anything until he has that conversation with Farrell and the coaching staff.
“So until we do that I don’t know what that’s going to mean,” Cherington added. “I just know that we have to use the next two months in the most productive way possible and that likely means a combination of playing time with certain guys. There maybe certain development areas with certain guys or teaching areas with certain guys. And anything that will help our players take a step forward and/or help us get information on how we can improve in areas we need to improve in going into the offseason is important.”
The final two months of 2014 were unproductive. Young pitchers Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, Anthony Ranaudo and Brandon Workman all received a fair share of starts during the final two months. But all four pitchers were inconsistent. Nothing was answered or accomplished.
Meanwhile, Castillo received 40 plate appearances last September but it was difficult to get a read on his ability and major league readiness because the competition always isn’t as its best in September when rosters expand to 40.