2011 American League Preview: Boston Red Sox

Offseason analysis:

The general consensus is that the Red Sox had a fantastic offense, and it’s hard to find too many bad things to say about it. Still, people are forgetting how good Beltre and Martinez were last year. While Crawford and Gonzalez will be better over the long run, there’s not much they can add in replacing those two. The Red Sox are going to need their pitchers who underperformed last year to be better to pick this team up.

Projected lineup:

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C (30 MLB plate appearances in 2010)

Adrian Gonzalez 1b (.378)

Dustin Pedroia 2b (.377)

Marco Scutaro SS (.319)

Kevin Youkilis 3b (.419)

Carl Crawford LF (.378)

Jacoby Ellsbury CF (84 plate appearances in 2010)

J.D. Drew RF (.346)

David Ortiz DH (.380)

Projected Rotation: (2010 FIP)

Jon Lester (3.13)

Clay Buchholz (3.61)

John Lackey (3.85)

Josh Beckett (4.54)

Daisuke Matsuzaka (4.05)

2011 outlook:

Make no mistake about it, this is a good team. The offense will score a lot of runs, and there’s a lot of potentially good arms in the rotation as well. But there’s plenty of question marks too. Buchholz could regress, Lackey and Beckett may not have better years than they did in 2010, and the bottom half of the lineup isn’t the most awe inspiring ever by any means. So yes, a good team to be sure, but not one that deserves to be anointed as the inevitable American League East champion by any means.

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Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

6 thoughts on “2011 American League Preview: Boston Red Sox

  1. I think the Sox offense improvement will have less to do with Gonzalez/Crawford compared to Beltre/Martinez, and more to do with having Pedroia, Youkilis and Ellsbury healthy for most of the year. If Drew and Ortiz hold up and Lowrie bumps Scutaro, the only weak spot will be catcher.

  2. A big deal, as said in so many places before for the red sox is health. Daisuke, Beckett, Buchholz, 1B, 2B, SS, C, LF, CF all faced big injuries last year for them. I expect it to be close between the yankees and sox, with one being 1 and one being 1A