Monday, November 24, 2014

Predicting the Red Sox batting order next year

Discussing who stands where...
If I was the manager of the Boston Red Sox, here's the batting order I think I'd be leaning towards putting out there for Opening Day 2015:

1. Mookie Betts - Center Field
2. Dustin Pedroia - Second Base
3. Pablo Sandoval - Third Base
4. David Ortiz - Designated Hitter
5. Yoenis Cespedes - Left Field
6. Hanley Ramirez - Shortstop
7. Mike Napoli - First Base
8. Rusney Castillo - Right Field
9. Shane Victorino - Right Center Field
10. Daniel Nava - Left Center Field
11. Allen Craig - Deep First Base
12. Xander Bogaerts - Deep Shortstop
13. Will Middlebrooks - Deep Third Base
14. Brock Holt - Deep Second Base
15. Jackie Bradley Jr. - Shallow Center Field
16. Christian Vazquez - Catcher

The top half of that lineup will just murder opposing pitchers.  I am a little concerned about the lack of power in the 14, 15 and 16 spots though.  However, the defense this club should be able to play will more than make up for that.  Good luck getting on base against a team starting six outfielders and backups across the infield.

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