Sometimes there is nothing more frustrating to a sports team than when you have a projected lineup and you are anxious to see how everyone works together and for whatever reason, that lineup never comes to fruition. Remember the disaster that was the 2012 Boston Red Sox? One of the reasons that they were so bad is that they never had their starting lineup on the field at the same time. Not once. That can really negatively affect a team.
It seemed as though the 2014 Red Sox were suffering from a similar rut. They couldn’t get any kind of consistency in their lineup because they didn’t have their starting nine out there and haven’t really had them since spring training. That changed in the game against the Toronto Blue Jays where they were finally able to roll out their projected lineup.
Boston showed more life than it did for most of the homestand. They were getting hits, producing with men on base and just basically had the offense clicking when it needed to. It is going to be great for John Farrell to be able to put Shane Victorino in the second spot, although in my humble opinion he really should be batting leadoff. Having a power hitter like Will Middlebrooks batting ninth will give the lineup a lot of depth.
Boston needed a spark and they needed to find it very quickly. Getting these players back and healthy and being able to finally have their 2014 offense together may be exactly what they needed.