The Boston Red Sox are battling for a chance to get back into the postseason for the first time since their World Series title in 2018. As it stands, they are fighting for a wild card spot. Reinforcements are on the way, both pitching wise and hitting wise. For a lineup that’s so good on paper, is there a set lineup the Red Sox should be settling in on almost every night? I personally think there is! Here’s what I think the Red Sox lineup should look like when everyone is fully healthy.
Leadoff: Kike Hernandez 2B
It’s no secret Hernandez should stay at the top of the Red Sox lineup. April and May, he definitely struggled. But from June on, he’s been a great table setter in the leadoff hole. Keep Hernandez as your permanent leadoff hitter in the Red Sox lineup.
Second: Alex Verdugo LF
Alex Verdugo has proven in late July and early August that he should stay in the two hole. I love a lefty in the two hole to play the hit and run game if you want to go that route. Verdugo needs to be in the lineup everyday and your two hitter as part of this Red Sox lineup.
Third: JD Martinez DH
No secret here. JD should be your three hitter. When he’s on, he’s one of the best hitters in the game. I know he’s had his slumps in August. But he should be your everyday three hitter in this Red Sox lineup.
Cleanup: Xander Bogaerts SS
Bogaerts has been hitting cleanup a lot this season, so he can handle it. He has the occasional power in his bat which we look for in a cleanup hitter. We know he can hit for average. Don’t get it confused, Bogaerts should be your cleanup hitter for the rest of the season.
Fifth: Rafael Devers 3B
Devers has one of the smoothest swings on this team. I’ll admit, Devers has surpassed my expectations. He makes consistently hard contact and is the perfect guy to hit behind Bogaerts in the lineup.
Sixth: Kyle Schwarber 1B
Kyle Schwarber needs to be at first base. We know how well we can hit. Fans have seen his power on display, especially during June with the Nationals. No more Bobby Dalbec or Franchy Cordero at first base! Get Schwarber healthy and playing first base.
Seventh: Hunter Renfroe RF
Hunter Renfroe continues to have a great bounce back year in 2021 with the Red Sox. Keep him in the seven hole so he can see more fastballs. The speed might not be great back to back. But the power here with Renfroe seven is great for this Red Sox lineup.
Eighth: Kevin Plawecki C
Kevin Plawecki has earned more playing time. Plawecki is hitting over .300 and continues to add some pop at the end of the lineup. Christian Vazquez isn’t doing much at the plate right now. Keep playing Plawecki until he hits a slump.
Ninth: Jarren Duran CF
Rounding out the Red Sox lineup is center fielder Jarren Duran. Duran is a perfect guy to hit ninth to act as your second leadoff hitter. He doesn’t make the amount of contact I’d like to keep him solidified as a two hitter. So in this case, see more fastballs at the end of the lineup.
Show me the holes in this Red Sox lineup. You can’t! Bobby Dalbec and Franchy Cordero strike out way too much. Marwin Gonzalez should only be a late game defensive replacement. The other catcher can be the first off the bench in a pinch hit situation for a specific matchup. Otherwise, go with this lineup for the most part of the rest of the regular season.
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