Monday Red Sox Lineup: Nick Punto Plays Short Against Henderson Alvarez

I like to pretend that this is Nick Punto making a real mess of the whole fielding thing. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Now that the Red Sox have traded Kevin Youkilis, they should be able to finally set a consistent lineup and move forward with everyone knowing their role. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the first post-Youkilis Red Sox lineup:



Oh...well...so there's that.

While the replacement of Mike Aviles with Nick Punto isn't so bad given Aviles' struggles ever since April and Punto's remarkably productive 23 June at bats, it's still a bit of a kooky batting order. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is back to batting fourth despite his June struggles, Adrian Gonzalez' resurgence, and Will Middlebrooks' incredible run. Perhaps that's because Henderson Alvarez never strikes anyone out, and that's Salty's major weakness.

Or maybe it's just Bobby being Bobby. Who's to say?

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