By Michael LeDuc @mike_leduc on March 20, 2014
Opening Day is just two weeks away! Get ready, baseball fans; it's coming fast. Let's take a look at some individual performances for the Boston Red Sox. Here are stat predictions for the their Opening Day Lineup.
He won't have the year he had in 2013, but he will get the job done at the top of the order. Nava will be consistent and reliable.
2014 Stats: .289 AVG, 14 HRs, 63 RBIs, 31 doubles, two triples, four stolen bases and 89 runs scored
I don't expect Shane Victorino to play a full season. The 33-year-old may see a couple of stints on the DL. He exceeded all expectations last year, but he won't blow anyone away in 2014.
2014 Stats: .283 AVG, eight HRs, 48 RBIs, 22 doubles, two triples, 19 stolen bases and 73 runs scored.
Dustin Pedroia is in for a terrific season. He was able to put up great numbers in 2013 while dealing with a thumb injury all season long. I expect even better numbers from the former AL MVP.
2014 Stats: .312 AVG, 16 HRs, 81 RBIs, 45 doubles, two triples, 19 stolen bases and 96 runs scored.
Will age finally catch up with Big Papi? I have no idea, but there is absolutely no evidence to say Ortiz is slowing down. Father time catches up with all of us eventually, so the 38-year-old may have a slight decline. But the power numbers will remain.
2014 stats: .291 AVG, 31 HRs, 106 RBIs, 34 doubles, one triple, two stolen bases and 81 runs scored.
Mike Napoli had a roller coaster of a year in 2013. I expect less strikeouts, more home runs and less RBI in 2014.
2014 stats: .267 AVG, 27 HRs, 79 RBIs, 36 doubles, one triple, one stolen base and 73 runs scored.
Realistically, expectations shouldn't be too high for the young shortstop. We should expect many growing pains from Xander Bogaerts throughout the season. Nonetheless, he should have a pretty solid year.
2014 Stats: .281 AVG, 19 HRs, 73 RBIs, 32 doubles, four triples, nine stolen bases and 67 runs scored.
Pierzynski is used to playing 130-plus games in a season, and he still puts up decent numbers. He will play less games in 2014, sharing time with David Ross. We may be looking at closer to 100 games for the veteran catcher. Less playing time and more rest means more efficient production from Pierzynski, but nothing drastic.
2014 Stats: .278 AVG, 15 HRs, 64 RBIs, 21 doubles, one triple, zero stolen bases and 39 runs scored.
After an awful year in 2013, Will Middlebrooks is ready to bounce back. He's had a solid spring training and should be able to carry that over to the regular season. Expect some ups and downs, but he's in for a much better season. Expect him to live up to his power potential.
2014 Stats: .261 AVG, 28 HRs, 76 RBIs, 28 doubles, one triple, seven stolen bases and 68 runs scored.
I surely hope Grady Sizemore is not an everyday starter for the Red Sox. Jackie Bradley deserves a shot. Sometimes it is better to let the long-term players play it out. Starting Sizemore just hinders Bradley's growth.
2014 Stats: .273, 12 HRs, 57 RBIs, 24 doubles, six triples, 21 stolen bases and 61 runs scored.
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