New leading man
Even with a near double-digit lead in the AL East, it was obvious the Red Sox could not go on any longer with Julio Lugo (.274 OBP, .318 slugging) batting leadoff. Pedroia at the top makes sense. Like Youkilis, he waits for his pitch. I think the trickle down effect of having both those guys work counts before Oritz and Manny come to the plate will pay dividends.
The more mentally and physically exhausted the pitchers are by the time they get to Papi/Manny, the better chance there is of a meatball being left over the heart of the plate.
Maybe hitting at the bottom of the order can revitalize Lugo. He’ll stop worrying about his burden of being the leadoff man and just think about getting hits.
It’s a windy night here at Fenway. So far, it hasn’t had a negative impact on Wake. I must say, I’m a little tired after the journey back from Phoenix. Coming from West to East knocks you out with the time change.
I’ll have more pep in my step tomorrow.