Predicting Boston Red Sox's Starting Lineup Halfway Through Spring Training

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Predicting Boston Red Sox's Starting Lineup Halfway Through Spring Training
Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press
Red Sox manager John Farrell contemplates which lineup to put on the field for Opening Day 2014.

At the halfway mark of spring training, manager John Farrell is busy evaluating the best plausible options for assembling his 2014 major league starting lineup.

The Red Sox are one team that has the luxury of ensuring a number of bona fide starters carrying over from their championship roster, which boasted not only the second-highest batting average in the American League last year but also a core group of players that propelled them to the 2013 World Series title.

As far as those players are concerned, there are relatively few questions to ask when it comes to Opening Day.  Players like designated hitter David Ortiz and second baseman Dustin Pedroia figure to be linchpins in the equation for success.

Yet there are a number of significant question marks that arise when discussing what should be expected out of the Red Sox's lineup at the start of the regular season.

Who will bat leadoff atop the order?  Will it be right fielder Shane Victorino or perhaps a dark-horse candidate like Daniel Nava?  Is Jackie Bradley Jr. the favorite to earn the starting job in center over the recently acquired Grady Sizemore?

Farrell has already given some indication as to what his regular-season intentions are in projecting his team's lineup per WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan (h/t Ricky Doyle of NESN.com).

Farrell answered some of the pertinent questions surrounding how he will handle Boston's Opening Day lineup in 2014, which gives us a good indication of what to expect out of this offense this season.

Of course, as with anything sports-related, things can change.  Spring training has already given us a glimpse of what may transpire and will unquestionably carry an influence on the final decision Farrell makes moving forward.

Until that moment, however, all we can do is speculate.

In the meantime, let us take a look at a detailed projection of the Red Sox's 2014 lineup at this point of spring training. As stated, some positions are easy to project.  Others are not.

Let us take a look.

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