Clay Buchholz is the first to face the Phillies in 2015
The Boston Red Sox are expected to do well this season. So well that a few employees of ESPN and others actually picked them to win the AL East division this year.
The Sox went out and added some offense to their team and added some serious money to their payroll, expecting those players to do well for them this season.
Pedro Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, and relief pitcher Joe Kelly (currently on the injured list) are examples of the players that the Sox went out and picked up over the off season.
The one stopper for them for doing that well this year could be starting pitching. The Red Sox actually didn't improve all that much in that category. Their opening day pitcher, Clay Buchholz had a fantastic 2013 at 12-1 and then last season turned in a 8-11 record with a 5.34 ERA. Buchholz is starting up his 9th year with the Red Sox.
The Opening Day pitcher for the Red Sox for 4 years prior had been Jon Lester. Lester took the loss last night in his first start for the Cubs.
The Phillies on the other hand say they are rebuilding, but so far that has been a very slow process.
Rumors of Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon finding a new team is fading faster now as the season is set to start. The Phillies need to hang onto a pitcher like Hamels now that it appears that Cliff Lee will have problems that may cut his season short.
Odubel Herrera looks like he's poised to become a leader on the Phillies offense this year, hopefully he'll have some competition with more Phillies players picking up the offense.
One thing is for sure, we get the see this 2015 Phillies team play for real at 3:05 PM today at Citizens Bank Park on Opening Day when all the teams are starting out fresh, and that's a great feeling.