February 6, 2017

Egypt

Today is Truck Day!

Red Sox pitchers and catchers are due to report to Fort Myers on February 14, with the first full-squad workout scheduled for February 17.

Also: There will be no posts until March, because I will be in Egypt for three weeks (and Jordan for a few days). If you are wondering what we'll be doing, you can read Laura's (almost) daily travel journal at wmtc.

While in Cairo, we are staying at the aptly-named Pyramids View Inn. Here is a picture taken from the roof:

Pre-Season Magazines: Red Sox Favoured To Win Pennant

The pre-season baseball magazines are out. Here is a bit of what they have to say about the Red Sox's chances in 2017.

Athlon

American League East
Red Sox
Orioles
Blue Jays
Yankees
Rays

AL Central: Cleveland
AL West: Houston
AL MVP: Trout (Betts #2, Sale #6, Bogaerts #8)
AL Cy Young: Sale (Price #3)
AL Rookie: Benintendi

ALCS: Red Sox over Cleveland
World Series: Cubs over Red Sox

"The Red Sox are all-in on 2017. ... Anything short of a World Series berth will feel like a disappointment."

Lindy's

American League East
Red Sox
Blue Jays
Yankees
Orioles
Rays

AL Central: Cleveland
AL West: Houston
AL MVP: Betts
AL Cy Young: Kluber
AL Rookie: Benintendi

ALCS Winner: Cleveland
NLCS Winner: Nationals

The Sporting News

ALDS: Red Sox over Mariners, Cleveland over Astros
ALCS: Red Sox over Cleveland
World Series: Cubs over Red Sox

AL MVP: Trout
AL Cy Young: Archer
AL Rookie: Moncada