Strategy of a Lineup

strategy of Red Sox line up

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The Red Sox celebrated after a 9-2 win over the Rays.

How does John Farrell anticipate each game and what is his strategy to win? Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli and of course, David Ortiz, are the strongest hitters on the team.  For everyone else, it’s a draw.  Inconsistency lies within the offense when placing Jacoby Ellsbury, Will Middlebrooks and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the lineup.  So what is manager, John Farrell’s take on the situation? It’s quite simple, I think, or maybe not.  After all, Farrell does not want to give the guys the wrong idea.  He had this line up in the beginning, when the Red Sox were on top.  It’s a bad month, yes, but what’s holding them back isn’t their line up necessarily.  They’re in a funk and they need to get out that’s for sure, but psychologically changing the lineup isn’t going to get the job done.

The one thing I don’t want to create in (the clubhouse) is more uncertainty and I think at a time when you could understand if some frustration starts to filter in,” Farrell said. “I want there to be some stability and some continuity to the work we’re doing. That includes (the players) understanding that there’s a lot of belief and trust in them.

Farrell doesn’t want to hold team meetings and give the players the wrong impression or idea to throw them off their game.  He likes his team and he believes in them.  April was a great month. Although May has been rocky the players’ strengths stand true. At the start of every series he will approach an individual if he thinks he needs to, but in reality it’s reinforcing their strengths that motivate them to be on top and do their best.

There may be change as the season progresses if need be, but for now, stability and continuity are the key aspects to focus on, and to keep the team afloat.

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