Minutes after I finished musing about manager John Farrell’s strengths, I realized that the Red Sox lineup is very inconsistent. One minute I look up and Dustin Pedroia is hitting sixth. Then I look up again and he’s leading off.
Likewise, I feel like I’ve seen a different outfield combination every night. Granted there’s been a lot of injuries, but it’s still not helping the team’s lack of hitting. There needs to be a change. One of the reasons why the Red Sox lineup succeeded so much in 2016 is because it was consistent. Sure, you had a platoon in left field and an occasional off day, but it was predictable. Now, I look up and I see seemingly a different catcher and third baseman every night. Not to mention left field/center field.
For a team that is already missing the offensive production of David Ortiz, a solid and cohesive lineup is essential for success. Let alone the impact on defense. Here are my suggestions.
Red Sox Lineup Suggestions
- Keep Pedroia and Betts near the top of the lineup. Preferably leadoff and third respectively.
- Continue to bat Benintendi second, as he seems to be handling the pressure well, batting .327.
- Hanley stays in the clean-up spot. The guy hits bombs and is the only real power threat on the team other than maybe Betts.
- Put Mitch Moreland fifth because he can slap the ball the other way to drive in runs.
- Bogaerts needs to stay in the six hole, even though he’s one of the best hitters on the team. I think it suits him well to hit after Moreland matchup wise as well as RBI wise.
- Whether the third baseman is Sandoval, Hernandez, Holt, or whoever, they should bat seventh, again mainly based on match-ups.
- Jackie Bradley, who’s been struggling offensively this year, should bat eighth unless Leon is catching, then Bradley should bat ninth.
- Should Vazquez be catching, he should bat ninth.