One ESPN Insider Says "Don't Write Off The Boston Red Sox"

The odds of the Red Sox winning the World Series are not the highest, but they aren't one in a million. So, you're telling me there's a chance?

Mar 13, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; Boston Red Sox infielder Triston Casas (36) is congratulated
Mar 13, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; Boston Red Sox infielder Triston Casas (36) is congratulated / Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

Remember in Dumb and Dumber when Lloyd Christmas asked Mary Swanson what the chances were of them ending up together? She said, "Not good."

He asked, "So, like one out of a hundred?"

She answered, "More like one out of a million."

It feels like the Boston Red Sox should have one out of a million odds to win the World Series with the way things have shaken out. Ownership promised to go "full-throttle" into 2024 to compete, but they've done nothing of the sense. They signed pitcher Lucas Giolito to replace the departed Chris Sale, and now he's gone for the year.

The argument can be made that the Red Sox have gotten slightly better with the signings they have made, but their division didn't get any easier. The Baltimore Orioles were the top seed in the American League last year and still have the best farm system in baseball. The New York Yankees made the blockbuster move to acquire Juan Soto to take over right field. And the Blue Jays and Rays are not going to be easy outs.

Yet, the Red Sox odds are not one in a million. They're not even the worst in baseball.

So, you're telling me there's a chance?

David Schoenfield Won't Be Quick To Count The Sox Out

David Schoenfield of ESPN was asked which team people are sleeping on in 2024. His answer was the Boston Red Sox. Although he doesn't believe they'll win the division, no one can rule out a wild card team. He cites that even though the loss of Giolito will sting, the team will be able to score runs. Triston Casas' 2023 second half gives him hope for this campaign, especially if it is complemented by "something" from Trevor Story.

The rotation is still a huge question mark, with Schoenfield and many others imploring the Red Sox to do something about it (Jordan Montgomery, Blake Snell, and Michael Lorenzen are all still available). But there's someone out there that has hope for this team. Sometimes, you just have to take any win you can get.

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