Could be. AC also mentioned Arroyo, but Kiké seems most likely. I suppose you could put Devers at 3 and Yoshida at 5 if you wanted to try a lefty at leadoff, but you really want Devers at 2.Does that likely mean Kike at leadoff? Feels less than ideal, but guess not a huge deal
BSJ"We'll see how it goes,'' said Cora with an impish grin. "We've got a lot of lefties, a lot. And they're really good. We haven't even talked about (Alex Verdugo) in that spot, and he did it in '20. We'll see how it goes. My main goal is to keep (Rafael Devers) and (Masataka) Yoshida split up and try to keep Raffy in the second spot. That would be good...Maybe we'll see (Casas) there a few times. Same with Yoshida, same with Dugie. I'm pretty sure Raffy's never going to lead off, but you never know. He'll probably hit second or fourth, maybe some third against lefties. It all depends.''
To Cora's way of thinking, slotting in Devers and Yoshida represents the first piece of the puzzle. Once those two are set -- often, it would seem, with Devers second and Yoshida in the cleanup spot -- he can add other players around the two.
Not a bad lineup at all. I read (forget where) the Red Sox are projected to have the 4th-best offense in the AL. Unfortunately, the three better offenses are also in the AL East. The success or failure of this season, IMHO, will come down to pitching.Story could be a choice to lead off if he's back in the second half.
2B Story R
3B Devers L
DH Turner R
LF Yoshida L
CF Duvall R
RF Verdugo L
SS Kiké R
C McGuire/Wong L/R
1B Casas L
That's a pretty attractive lineup.
I think tomorrow is Yoshida's last game before heading to the WBC. He might be hitting leadoff simply to get his PAs in early and then get out of town. There's not a ton to read into with spring training lineups, especially when half the players are prospects or scrubs.About a half an hour ago during the NESN broadcast Monaco and Merloni were discussing the topic of Cora not committing to Yoshida as his lead off hitter and followed up by saying that he will be leading off tomorrow.
Which is why I am super thankful for the new balanced schedule. 24 fewer games against those guys this year. I know this isn't a gambling sub, but I was super happy to grab the Sox regular season wins over 77.5. I feel like we are still operating under the idea that we have 76 games against the East.I read (forget where) the Red Sox are projected to have the 4th-best offense in the AL. Unfortunately, the three better offenses are also in the AL East.
The 3 AL teams that would probably be projected ahead of the Red Sox offensively are the Blue Jays, Yankees & Astros.Not a bad lineup at all. I read (forget where) the Red Sox are projected to have the 4th-best offense in the AL. Unfortunately, the three better offenses are also in the AL East. The success or failure of this season, IMHO, will come down to pitching.
Not to belabor the Pivetta discourse, but a big chunk of our so-so Fangraphs projection has to do with them projecting Pivetta to get 171 innings at a 4.42 FIP clip (one of the lowest marks on the team). If you were to swap those innings out with, say, Houck (whom they project for 26 innings as a starter) or Bello (103 innings), our overall projection (8th in the AL) looks like it could be a win or two better, which puts us more like 5th or 6th in the league.
Turner has a higher OPS but it’s a really tight race. Both have been tremendous. Have to think it’ll depend on whose team wins tonight unless Ohtani or Trout go Superman or something tonight.He is arguably the WBC MVP regardless of what happens today unless Trea Turner really goes off.
At this point I'm expecting him to pitch a perfect inning to close out a Japan win throwing nothing but gyroballs.
Totally agree about the walk. Huge situation, tons of pressure, and he was in complete control of the strike zone. Very impressive.I would just like to say that he will get well deserved praise for his home run, but that walk that led to the game winning double was an A+ professional at bat. Would have been real easy to get overzealous and chase some slop there.
At about the 15-16 second mark this clip looks like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting. As Yoshida runs toward 1st, the other 5 guys in the frame all have their eyes fixed on the flight of the ball.I mean.... this is an amazing crack. It's gives ya tingly loins thinking of that with Fenway's RF
2nd best AL East left fielder in the WBC. Not bad!So his final WBC numbers are 9 for 22 with 2 HR, 13 RBi in 7 games. 4 BB, 1 K. .409/.531/.727 for a 1.258 OPS.
It's still too early to tell, but I think he might end up being a better hitter than Rick Lancelotti.
I agree and even the idea that high velocity is rarer may not be accurate either. So many of those Japanese pitchers threw 100! The Japan team threw way more 100mph pitchers than any other team in the WBC. I know those are only Japanese born players but many guys with fringe control and high velocity go over there too. Robert Suarez is a good recent example of a guy with high velo who went over there, improved and returned to throw his high 90s heat in MLB.I hope this tournament quieted the outdated notion that the pitching isn’t as good in Japan. The pitching is different, yes. More splitters, fewer sliders. Maybe high velocity is a bit rarer. But there are a lot of great pitchers over there.