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David Ortiz and Will Middlebrooks played just 166 games combined in 2012.
The Red Sox had 27 different players on the disabled list in 2012.
On top of that, the team also set a club record for using 56 different players last season.
Instead of having Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, David Ortiz and Will Middlebrooks in the lineup from April to October, the Red Sox resorted to numerous Triple-A players and veterans throughout the 2012 season.
The Red Sox used Daniel Nava in 88 games, Pedro Ciriaco in 77, Nick Punto in 65, Scott Podsednik in 63, Ryan Lavarnway in 46, Darnell McDonald in 38, Mauro Gomes in 37, Marlon Byrd in 34, Danny Valencia played 10 games and Che-Hsuan Lin was used in nine. Aaron Cook had 19 starts and Franklin Morales started nine games..
On October 1 against the Yankees, the Red Sox batting lineup consisted of Ciriaco, Nava, Cody Ross, Gomez, Lavarnway, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Valencia, Lin and Jose Iglesias.
If the Red Sox’s best players can remain healthy and be every day starters, Boston can rise from the basement of the AL East to one of the best teams in baseball in 2013.
David Ortiz and Will Middlebrooks played just 166 games combined in 2012. Big Papi slugged .611 over 90 games and the 24-year-old slugged .509 over 76 games.
If both Ortiz and Middlebrooks can stay healthy, the lefty and righty back-to-back could be one of the better slugging duos in the league.
If they throw in a healthy Mike Napoli, who's slugged .710 over 19 career games at Fenway Park, and the Red Sox could have one of the best hitting trios in the league.
Napoli played just 108 games in 2012, but now that he’s playing a less physically demanding position, moving from catcher to first base, the new addition should play many more games and be a major contribution for the Red Sox in 2013.
Ortiz, Middlebrooks and Napoli played a total of 274 games in 2012, averaging just 91.3 games each. The Red Sox will have a potent offense and have a significantly better chance of reclaiming the throne if the three of them and other regular starters are healthy in 2013.