New Order, New Ambitions: Red Sox Look to Detroit for Bailout

Alex PotterCorrespondent IJune 2, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 14:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox strikes out swinging with the bases loaded to end the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 14, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  The Angels won 5-4 in 12 innings.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Boston Red Sox have let those dreaded Yankees slip into first place for now, but the Boston faithfuls have possibly found their stride.

The lineup mix-up comes after the horrible and shameful approach of David Ortiz through 51 games this season and after dropping four out of the last six games, Terry Francona did not have many other options.

After many sleepless nights in the Francona house, the epiphany arose from the stars. The lineup has been just as big of a problem in 2009 as the starting rotaion has been.

Dustin Pedroia plays lead off man just as often as he does not win MVP awards, so this at the beginning of Sunday's game was a head scratcher especially when your fastest team member is now batting in the eight hole.

Jason Varitek is now playing one position behind David Ortiz, and the only thing I can say about that is now Varitek's RBI total will drop. After a truly stellar start to 2009 the Captain has 10 times as many home runs as our "powerful" and "clutch" Big Papi.

The problem is simple, Nick Green. Why is this kid still playing? In Sunday's game he was picked off, caught stealing, and left six Sox on base. I am not implying that Julio Lugo is any better because he cannot even follow through with a seeing eye ground ball.

The solution to this mess is temporarily taken care of, but unless Theo and his thugs from the corporate end do not make a trade happen before July 31 for a reliable and productive shortstop, the Boston Red Sox do not have the structure to win a championship.

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Writers Note:   A message to my friends and readers out there, I am now back after weeks if not writing any articles and I apologize, but I am recovering from surgery and I assure you my opinionated articles are going to be back on top of Red Sox nation before we know it.

I also want to thank all of the people out there that sent me emails while I was recovering and inspirational words from great writers out there from higher up networks. So once again Red Sox Nation I thank you and look foward to writing for you on a consistant basis yet again.

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