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. …

Xander Bogaerts is one of the more underrated players in Major League Baseball, but have Red Sox fans begun to overrate him?

In short, the answer is yes.

BOSTON, MA — APRIL 20: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox hits a three run home run during the fourth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 20, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

The 28-year-old shortstop is slashing .300/.370/.506 and looks to be on his way to a fourth-consecutive 130 or better wRC+ season. On top of that, he’s on pace to finish off his fourth-straight season of a four-plus-win pace.

All in all, he’s been incredibly productive in that Red Sox lineup; so, how could he become overrated?

He religiously outperforms his expected stats.

Bogaerts’ ‘arrival’ as a budding star at shortstop began at…

Sports Twitter is an outlet that can spark all sorts of debates. The latest being the newfound debate surrounding the career of Royals catcher Salvador Perez.

SURPRISE, ARIZONA — MARCH 19: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals looks on in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels during the MLB spring training game at Surprise Stadium on March 19, 2021 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Fresh off being awarded as AL Player of the Week, Perez is slashing .290/.324/.565 with a .372 wOBA and a wRC+ of 136 since 2020––165 games played, 686 plate appearances. For his career, Perez is slashing .270/.301/.461 with a .325 wOBA and a wRC+ of 103 in 1,108 games played.

Add in his 16.9 WARP (Baseball Prospectus’ wins above replacement), and you have a pretty solid career for the longtime Royals backstop.

It grows…

It’s the same song and dance every season: Matt Barnes gets off to a hot start, comes down to earth slightly, then has a bad week and everybody wants to ship him out of Boston.

Rinse and repeat for five years now.

BOSTON, MA — JUNE 29: Matt Barnes #32 and Christian Vazquez #7 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate after a 7–6 win over the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on June 29, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Fresh off his first All-Star season, the 31-year-old reliever was on top of the world. Entering the Break, he had a 2.09 FIP, a 44.1 percent strikeout rate, and a SIERA of 1.85. Then, he followed up his shaky performance in the Colorado exhibition by tossing six scoreless outings out of his first seven. …

The Boston Red Sox have been going nowhere fast for a few weeks now, 7–15 since July 28.

But it hasn’t been all bad for every member of the ballclub, as 33-year-old right-hander Garrett Richards has been able to string together a series of competitive outings. Over his last six appearances, the veteran has allowed an alarming seven home runs over 25.2 innings — ballooning his ERA over that stretch to 4.91. However, he has been staked to a respectable 4.16 SIERA and a strikeout rate of 20.9 percent.

BOSTON, MA — AUGUST 13: Garrett Richards #43 of the Boston Red Sox and Kevin Plawecki #25 celebrate a victory against the Baltimore Orioles on August 13, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

In his two outings since being moved to the bullpen, he…

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…

Jordan Leandre

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

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