Tuesday, March 17, 2009

2009 MLB Preview: Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

IF (4/5) - Really good IF, except not much offense from the SS position, particularly if the job goes to Lugo. Ortiz's numbers were down last year.

OF (4.5/5) - Bay, Ellsbury, and Drew are all solid starters. Baldelli and Kotsay (and possibly Brad Wilkerson) will be reserves. Pretty good unit.

SP (4.5/5) - Beckett, Matsuzaka, Lester may be the best 1-3 in the league. Since 2003, Wakefield is 44-31 in odd years, 29-32 in even years; so... 2009 should be good? Penny had a down year, but should rebound to be as good of a #5 as you can find. Masterson is waiting just in case. Oh and there's a guy named Smoltz coming soon.

RP (4.5/5) - Great bullpen added Saito. Masterson will likely start the year here while Buchholz should start in the rotation at AAA.

Wildcards: Jed Lowrie, John Smoltz, Justin Masterson, Clay Buccholz

[Disclaimer: I do not claim to be an expert on your team. I think it's fun to do this stuff before a season starts and then see how close (or how far off) I was. If you spend time from your day insulting us, telling others to insult us, or posting in a blog or messageboard about how wrong our opinions are, then we are flattered!]