Adrian Gonzalez is once again slated to play the outfield Saturday afternoon as the Sox go for the series win against Toronto.
The result, when combined with the return of Ryan Sweeney and the second coming of Daniel Nava, is a lineup that is remarkably impressive for all the injuries we're enduring:
|BOSTON RED SOX||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Daniel Nava, LF||Kelly Johnson, 2B|
|Mike Aviles, SS||Yunel Escobar, SS|
|Adrian Gonzalez, RF||Jose Bautista, RF|
|David Ortiz, DH||Edwin Encarnacion, 1B|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||Colby Rasmus, CF|
|Kevin Youkilis, 1B||Brett Lawrie, 3B|
|Ryan Sweeney, CF||Rajai Davis, LF|
|Will Middlebrooks, 3B||David Cooper, DH|
|Nick Punto, 2B||Jeff Mathis, C|
It's a bit false in how deep it is, since there's no way that Aviles should really be batting second given how much his hitting has slowed down in the past month and his general deficiencies against right-handed pitchers, but there's something to be said for how impressive this bunch is considering all the injuries.
Just imagine replacing Punto with Pedroia? Having your pick of Sweeney, Nava, Ross, Ellsbury,
and Crawford for those three (or two, depending on how you want to play it) outfield spots? Did I mention not having Punto in the lineup?
Just a thought of what could be if anyone actually ever gets healthy.