As the saying goes, you can never have too many arms at your disposal. Yet, as accurate as that is, the Red Sox have a legitimate problem within their lineup that could turn into a fatal flaw as time wears on.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — APRIL 03: Marwin Gonzalez #12 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after being struck by a pitch during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on April 03, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Orioles defeat the Red Sox 4–2. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Through their first 85 games, they are two games behind the San Francisco Giants — in the loss column — for the best record in the league. En route to their 53–32 record, they have been carried by an offense that ranks tied for seventh in the league in wRC+ (104). …

The Boston Red Sox have the American League’s best record after the 15–1 romping of the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.

BOSTON, MA — JUNE 26: Connor Wont #74 and Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate a victory against the New York Yankees on June 26, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

With that in mind, to say this roster is a finished product would be far from the truth. Even with their success, plenty of holes need to be addressed if this team wants a shot at competing well into October.

But determining who to acquire, especially with eyes set on maintaining success deep into the future, can be difficult. …

It’s not often that David Krejci’s game is accompanied by a giant zero on the scoresheet.

BOSTON, MA — MARCH 07: Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) during a game between the Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils on March 7, 2021, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

However, for 19 games this season, that’s all the 34-year-old has shown for goal-scoring; one big, giant goose-egg.

The Czech native is far from the tier of an Alex Ovechkin, an Auston Matthews or even a David Pastrnak. However, it’s relatively uncommon to see Krejci be as inept at finding the back of the net as he’s been in 2021.

As mentioned before, the centerman has yet to score this season –– but has added 11 assists to his credit. …

CINCINNATI, OH — SEPTEMBER 23: Trevor Bauer #27 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on September 23, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Outside of the Padres, the New York Mets have been arguably the busiest team this offseason. That level of business has trickled into their reported interest in 2020 NL Cy Young winner, Trevor Bauer.

However, Bauer doesn’t make much sense for the New York Mets roster.

Why? Typically when you’re a team trying to capitalize on a championship window, you’d sign just about anyone that would be an upgrade over your currently-employed alternative. Following the season Bauer had, you’d have to figure he’s an upgrade over someone like David Peterson or even Seth Lugo.

While that opinion would be correct…

One of the most powerful positions in all sports is to be a member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA).

Not only do they get a say in who wins a particular award for the MLB season, but they also get to tend to the gates of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. That kind of power is the kind that’ll make any ordinary fan envious, and why wouldn’t it? Many of these players we grew up watching. Some are the reason we even got into baseball, to begin with. …

The ascension of Jaylen Brown has been one of the biggest storylines of the past few seasons for the Boston Celtics.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — DECEMBER 09: Tristan Thompson (13) of Cleveland Cavaliers in action against Jaylen Brown (7) of Boston Celtics during an NBA match between Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 09, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Culminating in this past season, where the 24-year-old averaged 24.7 points on 48.4/39.7/76.4 shooting splits en route to his first All-Star selection. On top of that, he also saw career-highs in usage rate (29.7), value over replacement player (2.3) and true shooting percentage (58.6).

However, the Celtics as a whole were far from as impressive. As fun as the duo of he and Jayson Tatum have become, the following remains true: Jayson Tatum is the best player on the…

Since Major League Baseball has been cracking down on the use of sticky substances used by pitchers, we’ve seen spin rates drop drastically across the league.

The Red Sox have been no exception to seeing struggles due to this crackdown, as guys notorious for good breaking stuff have seen a change in performance — Matt Barnes, Adam Ottavino, Nick Pivetta and Garrett Richards.

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA — JUNE 23: Garrett Richards #43 of the Boston Red Sox is relieved by Manager Alex Cora in the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 23, 2021 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

The latter of those four has been going through it terribly; it stems further than his past two starts. Entering play on Wednesday, the 33-year-old had a 5.54 ERA and a SIERA of 5.10 since May 25…

Entering play on Friday, Bobby Dalbec is slashing .224/.278/.358 with a wRC+ of 78 (eighth on the Red Sox).

NEW YORK, NEW YORK — APRIL 27: Bobby Dalbec #29 of the Boston Red Sox rounds first base after hitting a home run in third inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on April 27, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

At face value, you’d be quick to call the rookie corner infielder a “flash in the pan,” immediately devaluing his 2020 campaign because he’s only hit one big fly this year. There’s a good possibility that, from looking at the box score, you’d be quick to compare his career path to recently-ousted infielder Michael Chavis. The game will eventually speed up on him, and his flaws will get exposed regularly.

All of those things could be true if you were box-score…

On Tuesday, Garrett Richards did something he hasn’t since April of 2018: strike out 10 batters in a game.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK — APRIL 27: Garrett Richards #43 of the Boston Red Sox pitches in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on April 27, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Not only did he accomplish that, but he also allowed just one run while scattering seven hits and walking nobody across seven innings of work. Following an outing where he had to scratch and claw his way through 4.2 innings without getting shelled in his last start, this was the best response possible.

In his seven innings of work, he managed to drop his ERA from 6.48 to 4.94, and his peripherals ducked into the high-4s as well. …

Opening Day is just two days away, and the Boston Red Sox are a fascinating team to watch despite flaws on the roster.

FT. MYERS, FL — MARCH 3: General Manager Brian OHalloran and Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom of the Boston Red Sox look on during a spring training team workout on March 3, 2021 at jetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

The roster has been finalized, as Colten Brewer and Michael Chavis were optioned to Triple-A to make room for Phillips Valdez and Christian Arroyo. Eduardo Rodriguez has dead-arm; he’ll get skipped in the rotation for at least the opening series against Baltimore. Jarren Duran will open the season in the minors, meaning that Franchy Cordero is ready to roll for Opening Day.

Generally speaking, these shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anybody. But let’s look…

Jordan Leandre

Baseball writer, sometimes dip into other sports. Major advanced stats nerd. ASU Cronkite ‘23. @JordanLeandre55 on Twitter

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