By John Rader on March 19, 2014
The defending champion Boston Red Sox are set up to have another fantastic season. It is very difficult to repeat as champions in any sport and the Red Sox will have a difficult road ahead of them, but they have reloaded and should make a serious run.
1) David Ortiz DH- The ageless one will continue to lead the Red Sox and has at least one more season left in the tank.
2) Dustin Pedroia 2B- He’s a heart and soul player who loves to swing hard, another big year coming.
3) Mike Napoli 1B
4) Shane Victorino RF- With the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox will need Victorino to use his speed.
5) A.J. Pierzynski C
1) Clay Buchholz SP- Buchholz showed last season what he is capable of, if he stays healthy, he’ll be a CY Young candidate.
2) Jon Lester SP- Lester had a solid season last year, but should put up even better numbers this season.
3) Koji Uehara CL- Uehara had a great season last year and solidified the closing role, look for him to be reliable again.
4) Edward Mujica RP
5) John Lackey SP
1) A.J. Pierzynski C- Pierzynski will take over the everyday catching duties and should see his offensive numbers increase in a better lineup.
2) Edward Mujica RP- He throws hard and will be a great addition to the bullpen.
3) Grady Sizemore CF- He’s having a great spring and could win the center field job.
4) Jonathan Herrera SS
5) Chris Capuano P
1) Xander Bogaerts SS- Should win the starting job at SS, but if he struggles Herrera is an adequate option.
2) Jackie Bradley Jr. CF- Will need to pick up his offense if he wants to start over Sizemore, bright future ahead.
3) Henry Owens LHP
4) Allen Webster RHP- Should see time this season and has lots of potential.
5) Blake Swihart C
The Red Sox won the AL East last season, on their way to an impressive 97-65 record and World Series victory. While it is difficult to repeat, it is not impossible and this team possesses the right balance of returning veterans and hungry youngsters to make another run deep into October.
Prediction: 100-62 record, AL East Champs
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