" 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger & Massarotti show discussed what’s plaguing the defending World Champions and offered their solutions to start the show on Monday.
Problem: Leadoff hitter
“I don’t like [Dustin] Pedroia at the top of the order. I think it hurts them on multiple levels. I’m not saying he can’t hit leadoff — he can. He can hit just about anywhere. But they have problems on this team with run production, particularly as they get to the middle and bottom of their order,” said Mazz.
Solution: Shake up the batting order
“At this stage, if I’m [manager] John Farrell, I’m rolling the dice. I’m trying to make some sort of change at the top of the lineup that can lengthen my batting order a little bit, allow me to put Pedroia back in the three-hole and maybe give me depth in the six, seven area. Now that Will Middlebrooks is out, maybe you try Brock Holt leading off. Give it a shot. If you look at his history in the minor leagues he hits for average and gets on base "
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