Tuesday, January 05, 2010


Adrian Beltre, who hit .265 last year, with a .304 OBP (Varitek's was .313), and only 8 homeruns, will now be the Red Sox third baseman, at least part-time. Why? I don't know. But the fact that the Sox are touting his defense speaks volumes as to how inadequate he truly is.

Thankfully, he's been signed to a 1 year deal. At least that's what all the reports are saying. That fits in with the whole "bridge" idea that the front office was talking about a few weeks ago.

So here's the Sox lineup these days:

1. CF Ellsbury
2. 2B Pedroia
3. C Martinez
4. 1B Youkilis
5. RF Drew
6. DH Ortiz
7. 3B Lowell/Beltre
8. LF Cameron
9. SS Scutaro

I can sum that up in one word: yikes

The Sox did score 872 runs last year, which was 3rd in baseball. But they struggled with clutch scoring, or scoring OnDemand as I call it. They'd put up 8 or 9 runs against crappy pitching, but struggle to get more than 1 or 2 against decent arms.

And this "bridge season" is starting to look like The Bridge of Death from The Holy Grail.

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