Predicting the Boston Red Sox’ Postseason Roster
2013 Red Sox Postseason Roster
Now that the Wild Card game for the American League has been decided, the Boston Red Sox will be taking on the Tampa Bay Rays in their ALDS matchup. The Red Sox had a complete turnaround in 2013 when John Farrell came in to replace Bobby Valentine as manager.
There seems to be a bit of a resurgence amongst some of the veterans in the clubhouse like David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia, and the combination of long-tenured Red Sox and some of the new guys like Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino has really done well. This lineup is deep and has scored a ton of runs this season. They can do damage from top to bottom and there’s no one teams should really be comfortable pitching to.
The scariest thing about the Red Sox right now is the depth they have at starting pitching. Getting Clay Buchholz back and healthy with the acquisition of Jake Peavy at the trade deadline gives them six starting pitchers, but they only need four in the postseason.
The only question mark surrounding the Red Sox right now is their bullpen. It will get bolstered somewhat if two of their starters move to the pen for the postseason. If not, the most solid reliever has been closer Koji Uehara. Other than that, the team has struggled to find consistency while battling injuries to Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey.
Besides the bullpen, this team is extremely deep and should be the favorite to win the World Series. The only question that remains for John Farrell is who makes the ALDS roster. Here’s who I think it will be.
Catcher – Jarrod Saltalamacchia
First Base – Mike Napoli
Second Base – Dustin Pedroia
Third Base – Will Middlebrooks
Shortstop – Stephen Drew
Left Field – Daniel Nava
Center Field – Jacoby Ellsbury
Right Field – Shane Victorino
Designated Hitter – David Ortiz
The lineup is absolutely stacked when you can have Drew and Middlebrooks most likely hitting eighth and ninth. Ellsbury being healthy is the key as he sets the table at the top of the lineup for the big bats of Ortiz and Napoli.
I don’t know if there is a better rotation for the playoffs. Lester will start Game 1 and John Lackey has been solid all year. Throw in the return of Buchholz and the veteran presence of Peavy, and this rotation will be tough to crack.
Uehara has been a lights-out closer and the combination of Tazawa and Breslow should be able to handle the setup duties from either side of the plate. Dempster is the perfect long relief guy and Thornton provides a situational lefty so they do not have to waste Breslow early in the game. I left off Felix Doubront because of the combination of his reluctance to move to the bullpen and the fact that he doesn’t have the stuff suited for a one-inning guy anyway.
The bench might be the best part about this Red Sox roster. Everyone on the bench is versatile and brings a different element. Bogaerts can play multiple positions and is more than solid defensively. Gomes is a power bat off the bench. Berry can be used in late-game situations because of his great speed, and Carp is the left-handed bat off the bench that every team needs. Basically any move a team makes, the Sox will have an answer.