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With Carl Crawford on Board, Red Sox’ Lineup Gets Huge Boost

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With Carl Crawford in a Red Sox uniform, the Sox have a mega-lineup ready to put a hurting on enemy lineups; may Xenu help the Yankees if they don’t get Cliff Lee. Ellsbury and Crawford offer speed (and Crawford also offers power), Gonzalez, Youk, and Papi offer an insane amount potential, when Ortiz isn’t striking out; at least he’ll get more bunt singles against the shift. And that’s just to name a few.

Hopefully, the starting pitchers will get back on track and the bullpen will get filled out nicely, because if so, there’s no stopping Boston. Boston is like the Miami Heat of baseball, except better. With Crawford, there’s plenty of options to juggle around lineup-wise, which means there’s plenty of ways for the Red Sox to score more than Ron Jeremy.

So exactly what will the lineup look like in 2011? Let’s see what the future might hold, shall we?

With Ellsbury

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. 2B Dustin Pedroia
  3. 1B Adrian Gonzalez
  4. 3B Kevin Youkilis
  5. LF Carl Crawford
  6. DH David Ortiz
  7. RF J.D. Drew
  8. SS Marco Scutaro
  9. C Jarrod Saltalamacchia / Jason Varitek / Russell Martin?

Ellsbury Injured / Traded

  1. LF Carl Crawford
  2. 2B Dustin Pedroia
  3. 1B Adrian Gonzalez
  4. 3B Kevin Youkilis
  5. DH David Ortiz
  6. CF Mike Cameron
  7. RF J.D. Drew
  8. SS Marco Scutaro
  9. C Jarrod Saltalamacchi / Jason Varitek / Russell Martin?

Other lineup adjustments:

  • Without Ellsbury, Marco Scutaro could also lead off if Crawford is needed to reinforce the middle of the lineup.
  • Gonzalez and Youkilis could easily be flip-flopped without any ill effects.
  • Mike Cameron could bat #5 if he has a good year (or at least be the first choice for a pinch hitter, and David Ortiz strikes out too much.
  • The catcher’s spot could win up at #8 if productive/non-injured, or someone that can run a little bit is desired to bat in front of the lead-off man.
  • If the outfield gets too confusing with four starters, Ellsbury or Drew could be traded to fill out the bullpen or get a spare starter that can both throw in the bullpen or easily go far into a game starting if the starters have struggles.

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Discussion

4 comments for “With Carl Crawford on Board, Red Sox’ Lineup Gets Huge Boost”

  1. no chance in hell the lineup looks like that. you’ve got a 40-50 sb guy batting 5th and 3 straight lefties who struggle against LHP from 5th through 7th.

    it’ll like likely look this:

    ellsbury
    pedroia
    crawford
    adrian
    youkilis
    ortiz
    lowrie
    drew
    salty

    and they might even drop jacoby to 9th as a second leadoff type which case the lineup will look like this:

    pedroia
    crawford
    adrian
    youkilis
    ortiz
    lowrie
    drew
    salty
    ellsbury

    and of course i think lowrie will get more AB than scutaro seeing as he almost slugged .500 last season.

    Posted by bryan | December 9, 2010, 1:42 pm
  2. Well, it is a lefty-heavy lineup, after all.

    And with Ortiz batting 5th, opponents are more likely to walk Gonzalez/Youkilis to tackle Ortiz. Crawford’s batting average/power/speed will be more of a deterrent and allow for three straight tough hitters to have a go.

    Plus, a stolen base threat in the middle of the order instead of at the end provides balance to the lineup, instead of stacking them at #9/#1, and allowing other pitchers, especially relievers, to prepare, where it’s harder to do that for speedsters in the front and middle.

    Crawford has power and speed, just like Ian Kinsler, who the Rangers also like to put in spots in the middle of the lineup. Remember, Kinsler’s production was limited by injuries in 2010.

    You have to think outside the box in order to make it tougher on opponents and easier for yourself to win.

    And Ellsbury has a good OBP when he’s healthy but doesn’t hit many hard balls, so I highly doubt the Red Sox, if they keep him, will take away an AB a game from him by dropping him to 9th.

    Posted by John | December 9, 2010, 2:15 pm
  3. I don’t see Ellsbury or JD or Cameron being traded.

    Right now the CF needs Ellsbury or Cameron. Both are not guarantees to produce this year and thats why you need a solid back-up. What better tandum can you get then Ellsbury and Cameron?

    Ellsbury will be the CF starter and Cameron will fill in all OF positions (LF, CF, RF). Cameron also mashes lefties so when everyone is scared of being too lefty heavy, Cameron balances that out.

    Besides Crawford no one in the outfield is a guarantee. Thats why the Sox need to keep at least 4 solid outfielders at all times. And I wouldn’t consider Kalish that yet.

    Posted by JosBDeAwesome | December 9, 2010, 6:43 pm
  4. No, the lineup should be this:

    1. Ellsbury CF
    2. Pedroia 2B
    3. Gonzalez 1B
    4. Youkilis 3B
    5. Crawford LF
    6. Ortiz DH
    7. Drew RF
    8. Saltalamacchia C
    9. Scutaro SS

    Crawford and Big Papi can alternate 5 and 6 without anyone dying, same with A Gon and Youk. It would go left, right, left, right, left, left, left, switch, right.

    Posted by Ethann | December 12, 2010, 12:04 am

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