Yes, the 2015 MLB season is finally here folks. The Boston Red Sox outlook for the upcoming season is different depending on who you ask, but they all seem to agree two things: Boston’s offense is going to be one of the best in the game and their pitching staff is going to be a bit of a question mark. There is one guy in fact that I’d like to take a deeper look into: Joseph Kelly Jr. or, as we know him, Joe Kelly.
Kelly will be starting his 2015 campaign on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27th, meaning he will be able to pitch on April 11th. Kelly is dealing with a bicep injury. When healthy, the sky is the limit in my opinion for this kid. Kelly was one of the top pitching prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system before being dealt to Boston last season. Kelly has a steady repertoire of pitches including a power sinker that can top-out at 96 MPH and locates the inside of the plate very well. Kelly, to date, has a career record of 21-16 including an impressive 3.41 ERA. Kelly’s best season by far was his 2013 campaign. Kelly posted a 2.69 ERA to compliment his 10-5 record. Kelly appeared in 37 games for the Cardinals, while starting in 15 of those. Kelly was also slated to start Game 7 of the World Series against Boston, but we all know it didn’t get to that point. Arm and elbow injuries cut down a lot of his workload in St. Louis making it hard for him to ever establish himself as a viable starter.
There is no doubt that Kelly does not lack in confidence; he has already come out and stated he will win the AL Cy-Young. “Yeah, I’m going to win this year. That’s what I told the radio guys,” Kelly said Saturday at the Baseball Winter Weekend at Foxwoods Resort Casino. “They didn’t believe me, so sucks to be them.”
My predictions for Joe Kelly in 2015—31 games started, 15-7 record, 2.99 ERA and 165 strikeouts.