AL East Preview: Boston Red Sox

Ryan Gaydos@@RyanGaydosSenior Analyst IMarch 11, 2009

This is a very hard decision for me to make. The Boston Red Sox made some very key additions picking up Brad Penny and John Smoltz to help their staff, but I feel that they still lack some power without Mannym and that's why I have them second in the AL East; however, they will give the Yankees a run for their money behind reigning AL MVP Dustin Pedroia.

Keep and Eye on: Jed Lowrie, ss/3b

Lowrie is a young kid that could provide and extra spark in the lineup. Lowrie played in 81 games last year for Boston, hitting .258 and driving in 46 runs.

Projected Lineup
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, cf
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2b
3. Kevin Youkilis, 1b
4. David Ortiz, dh
5. Jason Bay, lf
6. J.D. Drew, rf
7. Mike Lowell, 3b
8. Jason Varitek, c
9. Julio Lugo, ss

Projected Pitching Staff
1. Josh Beckett, rhp
2. Jon Lester, lhp
3. Daisuke Matsuzaka, rhp
4. Tim Wakefield, rhp
5. Clay Buchholz, rhp

Projected Bullpen
Jonathan Papelbon
Manny Delcarmen
Hideki Okajima
Ramon Ramirez
Justin Masterson
Javier Lopez
John Smoltz

Top Prospects
1. Lars Anderson, 1b
2. Michael Bowden, rhp
3. Josh Reddick, cf
4. Junichi Tazawa, rhp
5. Daniel Bard, rhp

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