We’re a week away from actually getting to see the Red Sox on the field, and any number of variables could come into play over the next month and a half.
But that’s not enough to stop one from thinking about what the Red Sox every day lineup could look like.
From where things stand now, here’s my gut instinct:
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B, R
- Andrew Benintendi, LF, L
- Mookie Betts, RF, R
- Hanley Ramirez, DH, R
- Pablo Sandoval, 3B, S
- Mitch Moreland, 1B, L
- Xander Bogaerts, SS, R
- Jackie Bradley Jr., CF, L
- Sandy Leon,C, S/Christian Vazquez, C, R
Brock Holt, who bats left-handed, will see near daily playing time filling in wherever anyone needs rest, and he’ll be there to step up if someone isn’t carrying their load.
Chris Young (right-handed batter) is the fourth-0utfielder, but it’ll be interesting this spring to see where Blake Swihart (switch-hitter) spends the majority of his time, and also how he performs. Benintendi should be awesome — but he should also be in line for some extended slumps as he gets to know the league and the league gets to know him. Watch for Swihart to play key roles in those instances, or in the instance that either Leon or Vasquez can’t lock down their spots behind the plate.
We’re almost there! Eight days and then two hours of praying no one blows out a knee against Northeastern …