Here We Go

Opening Day is here for Red Sox fans. This afternoon we’ll see Jon Lester face CJ Wilson of the Texas Rangers in Arlington TX.

Line-Up:

Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Crawford LF
Youkilis 3B
Gonzalez 1B
Ortiz DH
Cameron RF
Saltalamacchia C
Scutaro SS

Of note, you’ll see Mike Cameron penciled in as the RF with JD Drew sitting and resting his soon to be sore hamstrings.

There is much hype about this line-up and mostly because of the acquisitions of Gonzalez and Crawford, but they are replacing 2 pretty good offensive pieces from 2010 in Adrian Beltre and Victor Martinez. The real reason this line-up will be better than last year is because you have Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis and Jacoby Ellsbury health again. Each missed signficant time last year and forced Terry Francona to use the likes of Daniel Nava, Ryan Kalish and Darnell McDonald more than he’d otherwise consider.

Too bad this game is at 4pm ET, as many of us will be unable to watch it live, but that’s why we have TIVO.