Tuesday, December 23, 2014

State of the Red Sox

The 2015 Red Sox are poised to be very different from the 2014 version. The offensive potential of the new and improved line-up is just scary. Here's the potential line-up:

1. Mookie Betts
2. Dustin Pedroia
3. David Ortiz
4. Hanley Ramirez
5. Mike Napoli
6. Xander Boegerts
7. Pablo Sandoval
8. Rusney Castillo
9. Christian Vazquez

That's a solid, solid line-up. And you potentially have Allen Craig, Daniel Nava, Shane Victorino, Ryan Hannigan and Brock Holt coming off the bench (though I fully expect either Craig or Victorino to be dealt prior to Spring training).It should be pointed out that the defense is just as potent as the offense with four potential Gold Gloves (Pedroia, Napoli, Panda and Vazquez).

Much has been made of the revamped starting rotation. Ben Cherington has added Rick Porcello, Wade Miley and Justin Masterson to Clay Buchholz and Joe Kelly. Skeptics may say that rotation is just a collection of number 3 starters. Yeah but it's a group of solid number 3 starters. If you have one guy step up to be an ace or two guys emerge as solid number 2 guys then you have the makings of perhaps the best rotation in the American League. Having said that - would I mind if Boston went out and traded for a Cole Hamels, Doug Fister or Jordan Zimmerman? Hell no! I would love that.

Overall I'm feeling pretty good about the 2015 Red Sox.

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