Theo stays on the defensive
It was the day after the Red Sox had been knocked out of the 2009 postseason, and general manager Theo Epstein was asked about areas the club needed improvement in.
“There are a lot of different ways to get better,” Epstein said on Oct. 12. “You probably start with your weaknesses because there’s the greatest room for improvement there. And if you look back at this year’s club we weren’t the defensive club that we wanted to be. So I think there’s room for improvement with overall team defense and defensive efficiency.”
And here we are, almost three months later, and Epstein has added Marco Scutaro, Mike Cameron and, pending a physical, Adrian Beltre.
Yes, the Red Sox should catch the ball a whole lot better in 2010 than they did in 2009. And John Lackey will make the team’s run prevention all the more stingy.
But will the Red Sox hit enough? Here is the way the lineup looks as we speak:
I think it is most likely that they stick with what they have now on offense, see if Ortiz can have a big rebound at the plate, see what Beltre does, and then evaluate if a big bat is still needed in July.