FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In the modern analytics era, the Red Sox have proudly been in the forefront.
From the time Theo Epstein became general manager before the 2003 season, the Red Sox have embraced new concepts, trafficked in data for player evaluation and projection and generally showed a willingness to be bold. Under Dave Dombrowski, viewed by most as a more traditional executive, the Red Sox have expanded their analytics department and incorporate their input into virtually every part of their decision-making.
So, why, at a time when the team lacks an obvious experienced closer for the ninth inning, wouldn't they consider using a variety of pitchers late in games based on the most favorable matchups?
Well, in fact, they just might.
"I think we're considering everything right now,'' Alex Cora told BostonSportsJournal.com. "March 28 (the date of the regular season opener), people will be like, 'OK, that's what they're doing.' But we've got capable guys to get people out and we'll maximize their talent.''