AL East

Predicting the Red Sox Opening Day Lineup

We all know there’s a lockout going on in MLB right now. I think eventually a deal will be struck, and a 2022 season will happen. Boston has some money to play with, and holes to fill besides just the bullpen. Let’s just hope and pray commissioner Rob Manfred can do his job and get a season underway. Which by the way, let me just say, I side with the players. Owners have enough money, and to be fair, so do most players. However, without the players and their talent, the owners have nothing, and we as fans, have no sport to watch and love. Figure it out MLB. I’m anxious to see how close or not close at all my prediction is. Having said that, here is how I think the front office operates once free agency is allowed to resume, and guys are allowed to finally strike a deal. Here’s my prediction for the Red Sox opening day lineup.

Here’s How It May Go For the Red Sox:

C– Christian Vazquez

First base– Bobby Dalbec

Second base– Xander Bogaerts

Shortstop– Trevor Story

Third base– Rafael Devers

Leftfield– Alex Verdugo

Center field– Kike Hernandez

Right field– Seiya Suzuki

DH– JD Martinez

Bench
Kevin Plawecki

Jackie Bradley Jr.

Christian Arroyo

With the front office picking up Vazquez’ option, that tells you all you need to know. He’s going to be your starting catcher. Bobby Dalbec will more than likely be the starting first baseman, but he may not end sticking there. With Triston Casas waiting in the wings, Dalbec could be sent down or benched if he struggles. He could even be moved to fill another need. And yes, I know Casas is the third baseman by trade. But for now, at least for this year, that’s Devers spot. Here’s where it gets creative. They sign Trevor Story for short and move Xander over to second, letting Kike Hernandez stay in the center. Why? Well, a few different reasons. One is Bogaerts defense. It’s not stellar, and Story’s is better. Secondly, he can opt-out next season. I don’t think he will, but if he does, it could be time for prospect Nick Yorke to take over at second. Rounding out the new faces would be Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki. He’s a righty hitter, which is what Chaim Bloom is looking for. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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