Aug 29, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman James Loney (22) before the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Ah, Red Sox lineups post-trade. Even at their best they're pretty ugly.
|BOSTON RED SOX||LOS ANGELES ANGELS|
|Scott Podsednik, LF||Mike Trout, CF|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Torii Hunter, RF|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Albert Pujols, DH|
|James Loney, 1B||Mark Trumbo, 1B|
|Cody Ross, RF||Howard Kendrick, 2B|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DH||Erick Aybar, SS|
|Ryan Lavarnway, C||Maicer Izturis, 3B|
|Mike Aviles, SS||Vernon Wells, LF|
|Pedro Ciriaco, 3B||Chris Iannetta, C|
Loney moves up above Ross into the cleanup spot given the combination of a right-handed Zack Greinke on the mound and an away game--Ross' worst of scenarios to be certain.
So what do we hope for? More hitting from Ryan Lavarnway (an entirely decent 6-for-19), and a good outing for Jon Lester. That's probably at the top of the list, since asking for Pedro to take a walk and Ellsbury to hit a homer would probably be too much to ask for.