* Tito can't go the Millsy/Pedey route with this one. Lackey-y?
The first three series:
At Rangers: Lester / Lackey / BuchholzSoSHer Buzzkill Pauley posted this possible rotation three days ago:
At Cleveland: Beckett / Matsuzaka / Lester
Vs Yankees: Lackey / Buchholz / Beckett
2009-10 starts at least 6.0 IP:Francona's rotation has Beckett and Lackey switched from BP's suggestion, which may work out the same way, assuming Beckett can go six innings at least as often as he has the last two seasons.
81.25% - Lester
75.47% - Beckett
63.64% - Buchholz
80.00% - Lackey
48.65% - Matsuzaka
Sandwiching Matsuzaka between Lester and Lackey buttresses DiceK's obvious weakness going deep into games -- allowing Francona to have an early hook without Proctor-izing Bard or Wheeler with daily pitching.
Jacoby Ellsbury leads all Red Sox players* in batting average (.429), on-base percentage (.474), slugging percentage (.686), OPS (obviously) (1.159), hits (15), runs scored (11), total bases (24), and is tied for the team lead in doubles (3) and home runs (2), and is tied for third in RBI (5).
* - Excluding those with eight or fewer plate appearances, like Jorge Jimenez (1-for-1).
The Red Sox sent five players to Pawtucket, including shortstop Jose Iglesias (8-for-25 this spring, with a .370 OBP), Lars Anderson (who got a lot of praise for his improved work at first base), and outfielder Juan Carlos Linares.
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