With the struggling tandem of Saltalamacchia and Varitek, there have been rumblings of the Red Sox being in contact with the eldest Molina brother, Bengie. Molina split time between Texas and San Francisco in 2010 and could provide some offense from the catcher spot that has been lacking this season with the tandem hitting a combined .179. In 2009, Molina hit 20 home runs with 80 RBI.
It is being reported that a deal is not imminent but it is good to see that the Sox know this is an issue that needs to be addressed.
On the night the Red Sox signed Carl Crawford, Terry Francona called Dustin Pedroia and told him that he was now batting ninth because they had signed Crawford. He was joking, of course, but on the WEEI Dennis & Callahan Show Pedroia was asked about hitting ninth and replied with this…
“I’ve [hit ninth] before … and I was hitting lasers in the nine spot. If you don’t change your mind-set, you’ll be fine.”
There is absolutely no way Pedroia hits ninth. You just don’t hit a former AL MVP ninth in the order.
Coming of an injury plagued season, Jacoby Ellsbury will likely begin the season in the nine hole with Pedroia leading off.
Here is my projected lineup on opening day:
2B Dustin Pedroia
LF Carl Crawford
3B Kevin Youkilis
1B Adrian Gonzalez
DH David Ortiz
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
RF J.D. Drew
SS Marco Scutaro
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
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At least for baseball it is.
Yesterday was the official report day for pitchers and catchers and manager Terry Francona updated us on some pressing issues.
On Jacoby Ellsbury’s Health
“He’s healthy now. He says he’s doing everything without being limited, which is good because that had been a while. It’ll be fun to watch Ells. A year ago this time we’re talking about him playing left field, being our leadoff hitter and being a game-changer. Now we have the game-changer in left field (in Carl Crawford) and can move Ells back over to center and hopefully allow him to continue his development.”
On a Potential Closer Controversy
“I don’t think this is as much of an issue for Paps as maybe it was for people talking about Paps. He knows where I stand on this. I don’t think it’s much of an issue.”
On the Catching Situation
“We have Tek and Salty and I think we’re pretty comfortable with that, maybe more than people realize. Salty’s had a tremendous winter. This guy’s potentially a power-hitting, switch-hitting catcher. If that doesn’t come to fruition right away, that’s not the end of the world. We love the way he wants to run the game and he aspires to the run the game. And Tek’s in a good spot. He feels good about where he is and that makes us feel better.”
Positional players are due to report Friday with the first full workout coming Saturday.