Friday, January 9, 2015

John Farrell: Hanley Ramirez Will Bat Clean-Up

Appearing on WEEI's Hot Stove program, Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated that Hanley Ramirez will likely hit fourth—in the clean-up spot of Boston's 2015 batting order. Given the abundance of offensive firepower in the new line-up, it poses a bit of a challenge to array those weapons in the most effective way. A likely scenario would have Mookie Betts in the lead-off spot, followed by Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, Mike Napoli, Rusney Castillo, Xander Bogaerts and either Christian Vazquez or Ryan Hanigan hitting ninth. Clearly, this is a major upgrade over the 2014 line-up and should be able to score lots of runs—runs that will probably be needed by a sub-par pitching rotation.