Boston Red Sox 2011 Preview

2010 Record: 89-73

2011 Projected Roster

  • Catchers: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jason Varitek
  • Infielders: Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Marco Scutaro, Jed Lowrie, David Ortiz
  • Outfielders: Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, JD Drew, Mike Cameron, Darnell McDonald
  • Starters: Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, John Lackey, Daisuke Matsuzaka
  • Bullpen: Jonathan Papelbon, Bobby Jenks, Daniel Bard, Dan Wheeler, Hideki Okajima, Matt Albers, Tim Wakefield

 

Notable Signings

11 Days until Opening Day 2011

 

  1. Carl Crawford: 7 years, $142MM
  2. Adrian Gonzalez: traded for 4 prospects
  3. Bobby Jenks: 2 years, $12MM
  4. Dan Wheeler: 1 year, $3MM

Notable Losses

  1. Adrian Beltre
  2. Victor Martinez
  3. Bill Hall
  4. Mike Lowell

Top Prospects

  1. Jose Iglegias: SS
  2. Anthony Ranaudo: RHP
  3. Drake Britton: RHP
  4. Lars Anderson: 1B

Key Position Battles

  • Shortstop: Marco Scutaro vs. Jed Lowrie – The Sox love Jed Lowrie but he has struggled through injuries early in his major league career(and thus lost his job) so it seems as though Scutaro is the safer pick here. Scutaro has a nice year in 2009 with the Jays but was a bit down in most categories last season. He will likely plug the 9 hole for Boston and score plenty of runs in a strong offense. Shortstop Pick: Marco Scutaro

There is not a team better on paper than the Boston Red Sox going into the 2011 season. They added two huge pieces in the offseason in Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez. A-Gonz will slot right into the cleanup spot and is expected to dominate in Fenway since his swing is perfect for the park. Crawford will add a speed dimension that this team really needs; it also gives the BoSox some flexibility with Jacoby Ellsbury. The return of Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia will add extra punch to the order as they were missed for a hefty chunk of 2010. The success may lie on the shoulders of the bottom portion of the order. Will David Ortiz build on last season or being his regression? Can JD Drew stay on the field and will Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s bat ever come around? These will all be key factors in how efficiently the Sox will run. The rotation is considered by many to be one of the best in the American League but I see some holes(my biased against the BoSox aside.) Jon Lester is an absolute stud, it would be very hard for anyone to find something negative to say about this guy. It is not fair however, to expect Clay Buchholz to pitch to a 2.33 ERA or anywhere there abouts again this season. Josh Beckett was a complete disaster last season and is a very average regular season pitcher, he makes his money in the post season. John Lackey does not appear to be able to handle the AL East and Daisuke Matsuzaka is not so bad for a 5th starter but needs to get the walks down. Their bullpen will challenge the Yankees as one of the best in the league as well. Jon Papelbon was not his dominant self last season and that should be cause for concern in Boston. The good news is they have Bobby Jenks and Daniel Bard right behind him to clean up the mess if Papelbon falters too much. Bard is a fireballer who can shut down any lineup around for an inning or two. The addition of Dan Wheeler adds depth, while Hideki Okajima will look to continue to neutralize lefties. The BoSox are undoubtly the favorite to win the AL East but there is a reason the games are played. I for one think they will take the East but if some how they do not they 100% will be in the mix for a playoff spot from start to finish.

WTP Projected 2011 Record: 95-67

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