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2009 AL Preview: Boston Red Sox

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Team Name: Boston Red Sox

2008 W-L Record: 95-67

Place in division:2nd

2009 Projected Lineup

Player

Pos.

Varitek/Bard

C

Kevin Youkilis

1B

Dustin Pedroia

2B

Jed Lowrie

SS

Mike Lowell

3B

Jason Bay

LF

Jacoby Ellsbury

CF

J.D. Drew

RF

David Ortiz

DH

Key Bench Players

Player

Pos.

Julio Lugo

IF

Rocco Baldelli

OF

Mark Kotsay

UTL

2009 Projected Rotation

Player

Pos.

Josh Beckett

SP1

D. Matsuzaka

SP2

Jon Lester

SP3

Tim Wakefield

SP4

Brad Penny/Smoltz

SP5

Key Relievers

Player

Pos.

Papelbon

Closer

Delcarmen

Setup

Okajima

Setup

Saito

Setup

2009 Outlook:

Their off-season was solid. Yeah, yeah, they failed to get Mark Teixeira, but what they did get includes a bunch of players undervalued due to injuries and signed for amounts they outperform. The Sox also avoided trading their youth, although catcher is still going to be a position of need within a year, assuming Josh Bard isn't re-signed after a solid year.

Josh Beckett's ERA lies. Since arriving in Boston Beckett's ERAs have been 5.01, 3.27, and 4.03, his FIPs: 5.12, 3.08, 3.24. Win values of 2.1, 6.5, and 5.1. Beckett missed time last year and was still worth ~23 million, that's impressive.

Speaking of missing time. The Red Sox have enough starting pitching depth that guys like Beckett, Daisuke Matzuaka, Brad Penny, John Smoltz, and Tim Wakefield can miss time without the Sox losing too much ground. This roster is extremely well built, almost too well.