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    Opening Day Lineup Guesses

    For the time being things are calm. I think we basically have everyone who will be in the starting lineup, so what are your guesses to how we roll with them.

    I got a pretty straight forward one

    Betts, CF
    Pedroia, 2B
    Ortiz, DH
    Ramirez, LF
    Napoli, 1B
    Sandoval, 3B
    Castillo, RF
    Bogaerts, SS
    Vazquez, C

    There are a lot of different ways we can go with it, interested to see different lineups from you all.
    Jackie Bradley Junior.... that is all

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    That would basically be my guess too. Maybe Castillo and Bogaerts are switched.

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    I think it all depends on who plays better during ST, between Betts and Casillo... As well as if Shane stays healthy throughout ST.

    If Shane is injured (50/50 chance)

    Betts(RF)
    Pedroia(2B)
    Ortiz(DH)
    Hanley(LF)
    Pablo(3B)
    Napoli(1B)
    Xander(SS)
    Castillo(CF)
    Vasquez(C)

    Healthy Shane/Betts outperforms Castillo

    Victorino(RF)
    Pedroia(2B)
    Ortiz(DH)
    Hanley(LF)
    Pablo(3B)
    Napoli(1B)
    Xander(SS)
    Betts(CF)
    Vasquez(C)

    Healthy Shane/Castillo outperforms Betts

    Victorino(RF)
    Pedroia(2B)
    Ortiz(DH)
    Hanley(LF)
    Pablo(3B)
    Napoli(1B)
    Xander(SS)
    Castillo(CF)
    Vasquez(C)

    I just don't see Castillo batting leadoff at the beginning of the season. Feel free the bash me haha I don't post often.

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    I think Shanf is gone and

    Betts
    Pedroia
    Ortiz
    Ramirez
    Napoli
    Sandoval
    Bogaerts
    Castillo
    Vazquez

    Sandoval should be hitting 8th vs LHP or maybe even 9th but I doubt he does because that's how managers deal with "stars"

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    I'm pretty much with PPM. I might swap Bogaerts and Castillo but that's about it.

    BTW, to complete the opening day roster I've currently got either Masterson or Porcello taking the mound.

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    It would easily be Porcello just based on last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomar View Post
    It would easily be Porcello just based on last year.
    Masterson has the advantage of having led a staff before so we know how he'd react to it. Porcello could get it on results for sure and Clay to get it based on seniority on the team (though I don't think he has it between the ears to pull it off). That's why I'd be leaning to Masterson if he's healthy in ST and Porcello if he shows any hints of rust.

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    Appearing on the Arbella Hot Stove Show Thursday night, Farrell handed out some explanations as to what he is thinking in regards to his lineup as we draw closer to spring training.

    Of note …

    – He currently sees both Mookie Betts and Brock Holt as the most viable leadoff options.

    – While Rusney Castillo impressed in his role as a leadoff man while in Puerto Rico, the Red Sox manager wasn’t leaning toward putting the outfielder at the top of the Sox’s lineup to begin with.

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    – Farrell likes the opportunity to go lefty-righty-lefty-righty in the middle of the order. That would put David Ortiz at No. 3, Hanley Ramirez hitting cleanup, Pablo Sandoval slotted in at No. 5 and Mike Napoli right behind the third switch-hitting third baseman.
    Read more at weei.com

    Based on his comments (see the specifics in the article), the lineup would look like this:

    Betts, RF
    Pedroia, 2B
    Ortitz, DH
    HanRam, LF
    Sandoval, 3B
    Napoli, 1B
    Bogaerts, SS
    Castillo, CF
    Vazquez/Hanigan, C

    Farrell doesn't really give enough specifics to nail the bottom three in any particular order so that's still something of a mystery. Given his potential, Bogaerts seems the most likely to hit 7th and protect Napoli's bat. You could easily flip-flop Castillo and the catcher's spot if you wanted to employ the "second leadoff hitter" concept with more speed at the bottom leading into the subsequent turns through the order.

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    FWIW, the projections of Bill James (as published at the Boston Herald).

    Napoli: .246, 23 HR, 72 RBI, .808 OPS
    Pedroia: .290, 12 HR, 70 RBI, .782 OPS
    Bogaerts: .264, 16 HR, 66 RBI, .735 OPS
    Sandoval: .287, 18 HR, 82 RBI, .790 OPS
    Holt (UTL): .283, 5 HR, 48 RBI, .720 OPS
    HanRam: .290, 23 HR, 85 RBI, .843 OPS
    Castillo: .261, 22 HR, 67 RBI, .778 OPS
    Victorino: .265, 12 HR, 50 RBI, .736 OPS
    Betts: .321, 15 HR, 76 RBI, .898 OPS
    Craig: .280, 15 HR, 79 RBI, .776 OPS
    Nava: .278, 5 HR, 35 RBI, .769 OPS
    Vazquez: .256, 3 HR, 35 RBI, .669 OPS
    Hanigan: .240, 4 HR, 32 RBI, .655 OPS
    Ortiz: .275, 32 HR, 102 RBI, .888 OPS

    Take it all with a grain of salt, of course. The RBI total here is around 950.

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    I need baseball back, seriously.

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    ^ The equipment truck has left the building. It's coming. Soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedSoxtober View Post
    ^ The equipment truck has left the building. It's coming. Soon.
    Amen

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    I'd be very surprised not to see Victorino in the opening day lineup. He says he is healthy so how do you not start him?

    For unpopular choice #2 I think you have to have Buchholz start. Ya he is a head case, which is why you have to give him the nod. You have to let him think he is our Ace.

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    But which one of HanRam, Castillo, and Betts do you sit for Victorino? I could see him being in a mix with the latter two and getting 300-400 PA if he's healthy but I cannot see him pushing one of them to the bench on Opening Day.

    As for Clay, meh, I don't think that he cares much. He's chafed at suggestions that he was the staff leader when there were no other challengers so I don't think it'd bother him to go second or third. He reminds me more and more of Beckett who just wanted to pitch and be left alone.

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    A starting OF of Hanley-Castillo-Betts is all right handed. If all of them are healthy and performing fine, Victorino has no role since he is only really effective as a right handed hitter. Nava is the most important guy on the bench who should be getting some starts vs RHP. JBjr fills a better role than Victorino on the bench as a Lefty super glove. Craig is right handed, but there is more potential offensively.

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