Thursday, December 9, 2010

One Soxxy Line-Up

Looks like the Red Sox just nabbed Carl Crawford for about 7 years $142 million. After adding Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez the Sox line-up looks downright unfair. Line-up projections are my favorite part of the baseball off-season. Here's a quick first stab by ESPNBoston's Gordon Edes:

Carl Crawford, lf
Dustin Pedroia, 2b
Adrian Gonzalez, 1b
Kevin Youkilis, 3b
David Ortiz, DH
J.D. Drew rf
Jason Varitek, c
Marco Scutaro, ss
Jacoby Ellsbury, cf

Some folks think Crawford fits better as a three hitter, although hitting in front of a power bat like Gonzalez might negate his threat as a runner. How about something really unorthodox like Ellsbury leading off and Crawford hitting second? That kind of speed at the top of the line-up reminds me of those great Marlins offenses that started with Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo. Those teams wouldn't let you breathe, five pitches into the game they'd both be on base with bunt singles. Then we had to watch a sweaty Kevin Millwood reluctantly throw lazy lobs to first or second base before the inevitable stolen-base, sac-fly combination put the Phils in a 1-0 hole.

Didn't remember this great Juan Pierre 'stache from his time on the Rockies. Actually I didn't remember he ever played for the Rockies. The 'stache is Rocky Mountain fresh, for sure.

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