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Predicting the season: Who will be the best pitcher?

There is a clear front-runner, but is it as obvious as we think?

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We are now just a couple days away from the regular season kicking off in earnest, with the Red Sox having just two more exhibition games remaining before the real ones begin. As such, it’s time to start projecting the season a bit. If you’ve been here over the last few years, you likely remember our six superlative polls, which will come out over the next three days. If you aren’t familiar, well, it’s not that complicated. We’ll have votes on Team MVP, Best Pitcher, Defensive Wizard, Biggest Surprise, Biggest Disappointment and Unsung Hero. This vote will be for Best Pitcher.

At first, this seems straight forward. I mean, the Red Sox have a guy at the head of their rotation who has finished in the top six of American League Cy Young voting in each of the last seven years. That’s bananas. At the same time, there are known issues with his health and just general ability to stay consistent through an entire season. So, if someone wanted to they may be able to make the case for someone else here, particularly since the Red Sox rotation 1-5 is possibly as deep and as talented as any group in baseball. Make your voice heard and vote in the poll below. If you’re choice is not listed, just drop a note in the comments and I’ll get in and add that choice as soon as I get the chance.


Who will be the best pitcher in 2019?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Matt Barnes
    (10 votes)
  • 2%
    Ryan Brasier
    (10 votes)
  • 16%
    Nathan Eovaldi
    (76 votes)
  • 4%
    Rick Porcello
    (19 votes)
  • 8%
    David Price
    (40 votes)
  • 6%
    Eduardo Rodriguez
    (28 votes)
  • 59%
    Chris Sale
    (267 votes)
450 votes total Vote Now