31 Mar 2016
The Red Sox have announced that it will be Travis Shaw and not Pablo Sandoval taking the field as the everyday 3b.
This represents a massive change in philosophy for the Red Sox as they normally would forced the starting roll on their high-priced talent such as Hanley in left field last year or Rick Porcello staying in the rotation despite significant struggles.
It also sends a message to the other high-priced veterans that no one is above being benched. This is a great development. And considering how Sandoval showed up to camp this year, it means all the reports saying he was out to improve his play and show Boston fans that he is serious about baseball were just hollow words. In other words, Sandoval got paid.
Here is the line-up: Betts – RF, Pedroia – 2b, Bogaerts – ss, Ortiz – dh, Ramirez – 1b, Shaw – 3b, Holt – lf, Swihart – c, Bradley – cf.
Your rotation is: Price, Buchholz, Porcello, Kelly and Wright with the bullpen being: Kimbrel, Uehara, Tazawa, Ross, Layne, Barnes, Ramirez and the bench consisting of: Castillo, Young, Sandoval, Hanigan.
The Red Sox are certainly better than a last place team and certainly better than last year’s last place team but they have serious issue with the rotation. After Price, I have very little confidence, especially with Eduardo Rodriguez out with a knee injury.