At the conclusion of last season Red Sox fans said goodbye to one of the greatest designated hitters to ever play the game, David Ortiz. David Ortiz was a solid part of the Red Sox offense throughout the years. Now the Red Sox are going to have to create an opening day lineup without David Ortiz for only the second time in thirteen years.
As of now here is my prediction of the 2017 Boston Red Sox lineup:
- Dustin Pedroia 2B
- Andrew Benintendi LF
- Mookie Betts RF
- Hanley Ramirez DH
- Xander Bogaerts SS
- Mitch Moreland 1B
- Pablo Sandoval 3B
- Jackie Bradley Jr CF
- Sandy Leon C
I know Andrew Benintendi only played the last couple months of the season, but he seems like he has a lot of offensive potential. Also I believe Benintendi will be hitting second because he is a left-handed batter. At the top of the lineup the Red Sox have a lot of right-handed batters so I believe that John Farrell will put Benintendi second to break up all those right-handed hitters.
In my prediction Pablo Sandoval is a little low at seventh in the order. This due to the fact that he hardly played at all last season due to injury and the year before he did not look like the world series MVP that he can be. There is a lot of potential for Sandoval to move up in the order, however first he has to prove it.
Lastly, the catcher position. I have Sandy Leon starting on opening day, but this could definitely change. This is one of the more interesting positions for the Red Sox because they really don’t have a solid catcher. The position is definitely up for grabs between Sandy Leon, Christian Vazquez, and Blake Swihart. I’m giving to Sandy for now he had the best season out of the three last season.
That is my 2017 Red Sox Lineup Prediction, let me know what you think.