What will the Red Sox Opening Day line-up look like?

We’ve officially hit the home-stretch of Spring Training. Opening Day is a week away, and the Boston Red Sox have just seven games left of pre-season action before they open the 2017 season at Fenway Park versus the National League’s Pittsburgh Pirates on April 3rd.

The line-ups we’ll all see for these final handful of Spring Training games will basically be the Red Sox Opening Day line-up. As the active roster gets trimmed down to its final 25 players ready to begin the new campaign, manager John Farrell will testing out a starting 9 he believes fit for Opening Day.

The Red Sox face off against the Minnesota Twins today, with this particular line-up being a strong projection for April 3rd:

  1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  2. Andrew Benintendi, LF
  3. Mookie Betts, RF
  4. Hanley Ramirez, DH
  5. Mitch Moreland, 1B
  6. Xander Bogaerts, SS
  7. Jackie Bradley, CF
  8. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
  9. Christian Vazquez, C

Starting Pitcher: Chris Sale

This is the line-up with a week left of pre-season, with the exception of Sandy Leon starting behind the plate and reigning CY Young winner Rick Porcello getting the nod to the mound for Opening Day, this starting line-up is pretty much what we’ll see to start the year.

In terms of Boston’s starting rotation, we feel it’ll be something like this:

  1. Rick Porcello
  2. Chris Sale
  3. Eduardo Rodriguez
  4. Drew Pomeranz
  5. Steven Wright

*David Price out until May

No doubt when David Price returns from his elbow injury he’ll slide right back into the starting rotation, probably at the 3 spot with E-Rod to the 4 and Pomeranz to the pen.

 

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