Boston Red Sox Starting Lineup 7/4/20 Red Sox Lineup

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When matching preseason projections with the ultimate reality, one team that fell the farthest from grace had to be the 2018 defending World Series Champions. Sure, Boston finished six games over .500, but they fell far short of a predicted repeat AL East pennant. Their lineup heading into spring training has the same holes leftover over from last season, plus a big one added. Gone from the Red Sox lineup is Mookie Betts. In place of him is Alex Verdugo. Boston also sent David Price west to Los Angeles.

A new coach and a lot of question marks surround a team with a seemingly heavy number of underachievers in their batting order and pitching ranks. It will be very interesting to see how well Boston can compete in the very tough AL East. Boston is still a team with a solid top-half their order. However, the bats weaken from the sixth spot down. The bench doesn't have a name contributor and the pitching staff is full of more question marks than there are in the batting cage. The summary for Boston heading into would be question marks, lots of question marks.

Red Sox Starting Lineup

1. M. Moreland , (L), 1B
2. J. Peraza , (R), 2B
3. R. Devers , (L), 3B
4. C. Vazquez , (R), C
5. J. Bradley Jr. , (L), CF
6. B. Workman , (R), CL
7. A. Benintendi , (L), LF
8. A. Verdugo , (L), RF
9. X. Bogaerts , (R), SS
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
SP Eduardo Rodriguez E. Rodriguez (L)
82
0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% 0.00% 0.00 0
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
1B Mitch Moreland M. Moreland (L)
82
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
2B Jose Peraza J. Peraza (R)
66
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
3B Rafael Devers R. Devers (L)
84
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
C Christian Vazquez C. Vazquez (R)
68
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
CF Jackie Bradley Jr. J. Bradley Jr. (L)
67
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
CL Brandon Workman B. Workman (R)
85
6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
LF Andrew Benintendi A. Benintendi (L)
90
7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
RF Alex Verdugo A. Verdugo (L)
88
8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
SS Xander Bogaerts X. Bogaerts (R)
89
9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A

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2020 Boston Red Sox Pitching Analysis

Fresh off a World Series win, Boston will return the same rotation they ended with from 2018. After trading for Nathan Eovaldi last season, they have signed him long term. He will be a back end of the rotation starter, and really showed he could hack it in the league after a long career of recurring injuries. Boston will likely be careful with the power armed right-hander, and projections have his innings a bit limited, which makes sense given they have depth and will take it easy with his history. Working up the rotation, Eduardo Rodriguez continues to develop as a quality mid-rotation arm, but injuries continue to limit him from pitching a full season. It will be hard for Boston to rely on Rodriguez for a full year, but they are better suited to deal with what should be a looming injury. Rodriguez had 146 strikeouts in 129 innings last season, winning 13 games with a 3.82 ERA. Boston would gladly take that, but getting to the 150 inning mark would be an even better goal. Brian Johnson and Steven Wright would be a few names in long relief that will make some spot starts as well.

Boston’s big three consist of Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, and David Price. Sale pitched 158 innings last season, and he continues to show some sluggishness towards the end of the season over the last two years. This is a bit of a concern, but he was his usual self when healthy. He had a sub-2.50 ERA and boasted 237 strikeouts. Sale is one of the league’s best pitchers, and a tremendous ace to lean on. With his durability starting to become a question mark, Boston will have to keep a closer eye on him. Rick Porcello continues to be a huge innings eater, and a quality start machine. He was a strikeout per inning guy last season, winning 17 games. We shouldn’t expect much of a change for Porcello’s numbers this season, although you can expect the occasional blow up. David Price was a near World Series MVP, and really turned back the clock. Overall Price was very solid, and turned in what was really his most productive season in a Boston uniform. If Price pitches like last season, this Boston team has a better chance of duplicating their success.