Adrian Gonzalez is in the Middle of the Sox Core
Adrian Gonzalez was a key pickup for Sox in 2011, and he did not disappoint. Putting up All-Star and quite possibly MVP-type numbers was a great start in a Red Sox uniform for Gonzo.
There is a core group of players that will return to the Red Sox lineup that posted a .280 team batting average, 875 runs scored and blasted 203 home runs.
Gonzalez will be joined by a few more key players coming back: former MVP Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis and Jacoby Ellsbury.
With these players coming back, the offense should not have an issue scoring runs again next season. With that being said, as amazing as it may be, there is still room for improvement offensively.
Carl Crawford was "bought" into Beantown to bring more pop and speed to the lineup, and he did neither. Crawford posted a career low in batting average at .255, seven triples which was second-lowest only to his rookie year and he only stole 18 bases.
Finding himself hitting in the bottom third of the lineup all season long, Crawford needs to improve and be what he was brought into Boston to be. Crawford apologized to Red Sox fans for his poor performance. That is not what the fans want—they want you to produce and luckily you will have a chance to do so with a long winter.