The bats for the Boston Red Sox seem to have come alive over the past few weeks. But are they necessarily using the correct batting order? Here is the everyday lineup the Red Sox should be using when fully healthy.
- Andrew Benintendi LF
Benintendi is the ideal lead-off hitter for this Red Sox team. He leads the team this season with eight stolen bases. He also has shown his speed can lead to multiple extra base hits which is exactly what the Red Sox need right now.
2. Dustin Pedroia 2B
Pedroia has proven for years that he belongs in the two-spot. Pedroia is a contact hitter, only striking out 17 times in 171 at bats. He can be relied on to put the ball in play when needed. Look for Pedroia to be back in the two spot as early as Friday.
3. Xander Bogaerts SS
Bogaerts hitting third makes sense based on his statistics this year. He leads the team with a .325 batting average and 67 hits. With a batting average that high and him still developing into his body it should translate to more power; he is the perfect candidate for the third spot in the lineup.
4. Mookie Betts RF
As the American League MVP runner-up last season, Betts is proving why he should be the everyday clean-up hitter for this team. He leads the team with 9 HR’s and 33 RBI’s, exactly what the Red Sox have been lacking over the first two months of the season.
5. Hanley Ramirez DH
Betts cannot be the only one hitting for power. The next best option for power is Hanley Ramirez. The power is there in Ramirez as he hit 30 HR’s last season. Hopefully, there will be similar numbers the rest of this season to help this Red Sox offense.
6. Mitch Moreland 1B
Moreland is in this lineup mostly for his gold glove play at first base. However, his work at the plate has not gone unnoticed. He is 2nd on the team in doubles with 16, only one behind Mookie Betts.
7. Sam Travis 3B
This is the most surprising pick for this Red Sox lineup. In only five games at the major league level Travis hit an eye popping .500 batting average with two doubles. Although Travis’s primary position is first base, playing third base this season would give the Red Sox a better option at the plate than Pablo Sandoval or Devin Marrero.
8. Christian Vazquez C
Vazquez is having a great season so far after missing the entire 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery. So far, he is hitting a .330 batting average with nine doubles and a triple. Vazquez is known more for his defensive work behind the plate but if he can continue to hit like he has it makes the Red Sox lineup that much more dangerous.
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Jackie Bradley Jr. finishes up a balanced and experienced lineup. He is tied for fourth on the team with 24 RBI’s so the Red Sox would be getting ample production out of the nine-hole. When he gets on base and knocks in runs, Bradley Jr. turns the lineup over which would be exactly what the Red Sox want out of their last rotational hitter.
Yes, the Red Sox have viable bench options in Sandy Leon and Pablo Sandoval. But on an everyday basis this is the best lineup moving forward. It has balance, power, and speed. Look for the Red Sox to try a lineup like this in the future.