Boston Red Sox tickets took a beating last season and as a result the Red Sox will have to firm up the foundation before they can reach the heights again. Red Sox ticket holders are going to have a hard time forgiving a 69–93 season but since the rebuild job is going to contain quite a few new names they may be able to do it fairly quickly id the spring goes well.
Those new names include Shane Victorino and Stephen Drew along with Ryan Dempster. Rather than a complete overhaul I like to think of this as a tuneup job because the Red Sox weren’t completely devoid of talent last year. Working a few new faces into the mix of guys like David Ortiz and Will Middle brooks isn’t a bad situation.
But plenty of things are still up in the air in Fenway and one of those things is pitching. Some big names have to come back in a big way. Jon Lester has to be a part of the rebound along with Clay Bucholz, who experinced major drops in 2012. Another question mark in this piece is John Lackey. Not everyone returns from Tommy John surgery. At least there’s some hope in the bullpen where things are a little more stable. Red Sox ticket holders should be happy to see Joel Hanrahan join the gang after a great stint in Pittsburgh. keep an eye out on lefty Craig Breslow who could break his way into the #2 closer spot.
The batting lineup looks like this. David Ortiz is a no-brainer in the DH spot again where he makes himself one of the best in baseball. Shane Victorino looks like a good candidate for the #2 spot and Jacob Elisbury has more than likely earned the leadoff position by being one of the few bright spots of the last season. Mike Napoli? Well, if he plays he’s solid. Will Middle brook can either put up or shut up at the plate in 2013.