Monday, March 10, 2014
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said he will not platoon David Ortiz, despite his recent struggles against left-handed pitching.
Makes sense, for now. Maybe Ortiz will improve on his .222 average last year. The Red Sox are hoping Ortiz can be a force in the lineup for one more year.
Ortiz, show here during his rehab stint with the Sea Dogs in 2009, may be a force. But he won't be high up the order. Ortiz will likely bat sixth in the lineup, after Ellsbury, Pedroia, Crawford, Gonzalez and Youkilis.
And what of J.D. Drew? There is a stronger argument for platooning him with Mike Cameron. Drew batted .208 against lefties last year.
Jed Lowrie crushes left-handed pitching. When does he play? And where?
For a look at the Sox lineup, and a quick glance at the Rays and Yankees (can Jeter still lead off?), see the Baseball Column.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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