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Red Sox Projected 2021 MLB Win Total is Disrespectful

Larry Rupp
The Boston Red Sox are being disrespected when it comes to their projected win total in 2021.
The Boston Red Sox are being disrespected when it comes to their projected win total in 2021. / Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

The 2020 MLB season was rather disappointing for the Boston Red Sox as they finished with a 24-36 record and found themselves at the bottom of the AL East division. They now head into the 2021 season hoping to improve and there is reason to believe they are being disrespected right now.

The Red Sox currently have a projected win total of just 79.5 games, according to MLB odds posted on FanDuel Sportsbook. That number is ranked as the 12th-lowest in the league, yet they have the roster balance and pitching depth necessary to make some noise this season.

Boston Red Sox Projected Win Total

The Red Sox roster has seen a lot of changes over the last few seasons, but shortstop Xander Bogaerts and third baseman Rafael Devers remain at the heart of the offense. Bogaerts leads the team with 44 home runs over the last two seasons, while Devers leads the way with 158 RBI.

The biggest change for the Red Sox is their pitching health heading into the season. Promising young starter Eduardo Rodriguez (19-6 record in 2019) is expected to be fully recovered from his COVID-19 related issues for Opening Day. Boston is also expected to see starter Chris Sale return to form midway through the season after he missed the entire 2020 season due to elbow inflammation.

While the Red Sox are not exactly expected to World Series contenders, they have the capabilities of surprising a lot of people. With a projected win total of just around .500, Boston is being disrespected and is among the most underrated teams heading into next season.

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