Roche: Red Sox Lineup Has Potential To Be As Powerful As Last Year

February 25, 2014 2:23 PM
Roche: Red Sox Lineup Has Potential To Be As Powerful As Last Year
" BOSTON (CBS) – The 2013 Boston Red Sox had the best offense in all of Major League Baseball.

The Sox led the bigs in runs scored, on-base percentage, slugging, OPS, total bases and were top five in virtually every other offensive category en route to their third World Series title in 10 years.

The 2014 lineup will look much different.

No Jacoby Ellsbury, no Jarrod Saltalamacchia and no Stephen Drew (for now anyways).

Filling those positions are an unproven Jackie Bradley Jr., a 37-year-old A.J. Pierzynski and a prospect everyone likes but is also unproven in Xander Bogaerts. And Will Middlebrooks, who was sent down to the minors last year for a stretch of games for lack of plate discipline, is slated to see more playing time but is also unproven.

There’s a lot of question marks, but WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche is confident in this offense and its potential to be just as good as last year – if, and only if the infusion of youth can provide contributions "

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