Analysis: Will lefties be Sox Achilles' heel?

December, 9, 2010
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Dan Szymborski of the Baseball Think Factory projects the numbers for the potent lineup the Red Sox will roll out in 2011:


The addition of Crawford gives the Red Sox six spots projected to slug .450 and six spots with projected on-base percentages .350 or better; a healthy Ellsbury and Crawford also gives the lineup the potential for some low-risk basestealing, a dimension that was missed in 2010, when Ryan Kalish lead the team with 10 stolen bases.
Using Lineupsimulator.com, Szymborski entered the 2011 projections for the lineup and; the simulator estimated that the projected Red Sox lineup would score an average of 5.43 runs a game. Last year, the Red Sox were second in the majors with an average of 5.05 runs per game.

The one concern with this lineup? How it will fare against lefties. Read Szymborski’s full analysis for more (Insider).

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