I called yesterday's Red Sox lineup a curious mess. It was, however, one that could be explained given a certain mindset.
Today's is different. Oh, make no mistake, it's still a complete mess. It's just not a terribly explicable one:
|BOSTON RED SOX||LOS ANGELES ANGELS|
|Scott Podsednik, LF||Mike Trout, CF|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Torii Hunter, RF|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Albert Pujols, 1B|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||Kendrys Morales, DH|
|Cody Ross, RF||Mark Trumbo, LF|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||Howard Kendrick, 2B|
|Ryan Lavarnway, DH||Maicer Izturis, 3B|
|Mike Aviles, SS||Erick Aybar, SS|
|Pedro Ciriaco, 3B||Chris Iannetta, C|
I've got nothing. Why did Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia switch places after one game? What inspired that? Why is Lavarnway DHing today but not yesterday? If Aaron Cook ends up hitting because of some disaster, who cares? If Clay Buchholz does, we're risking injury to arguably the most important arm on the team.
Scott Podsednik leading off you can at least attribute to the hot hand, but the decision-making for this batting order, especially when taken in the context of last night's lineup, is just baffling.