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The Red Sox' lineup is not terrible

Here's Brock Holt because why not?
Here's Brock Holt because why not?
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox will take on the Twins Wednesday afternoon with a chance to sweep Minnesota right out of Fenway Park. And, what's more, they'll do so without giving away a whole bunch of outs every time through the lineup.

Today's Lineups

Danny Santana - CF Brock Holt - RF
Brian Dozier - 2B Xander Bogaerts - 3B
Joe Mauer - 1B Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Josh Willingham - LF David Ortiz - DH
Kendrys Morales - DH Mike Napoli - 1B
Chris Parmelee - RF Daniel Nava - LF
Eduardo Escobar - 3B A.J. Pierzynski - C
Eric Fryer - C Stephen Drew - SS
Pedro Florimon - SS Jackie Bradley - CF
Kyle Gibson - RHP John Lackey - RHP

I could understand if some of you disagree. Maybe you don't credit Daniel Nava all that much for his June performance given his overall season numbers. Maybe you're not buying into Stephen Drew's three-game hot streak or his career of solid offense, given his position. But I look at this lineup and don't really start worrying until I hit Jackie Bradley Jr. batting ninth. And there are few teams that don't have a problem bat hitting ninth.

No, the improved personnel hasn't put the Red Sox on the board any more often of late. If anything, it's just gotten worse. But eventually they have to pick up a couple of hits with runners in scoring position, right? Right?


First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN, WEEI, and the MLB Network.