After months of offseason speculation, Red Sox spring training is finally upon us and Alex Cora is already hinting at his Opening Day lineup.
During Winter Weekend last month, Cora discussed Masataka Yoshida and Rafael Devers at the top of the order despite both being left-handed. That changed during Cora’s first meeting with the media on Tuesday, as he emphasized the importance of splitting both up to balance the lineup.
It’s clear things are fluid with the lineup construction due to the number of lefty bats and the loss of Trevor Story. Still, there’s a solid chunk of talent and upside with this group if guys are put in the right position to succeed/rebound.
Here’s my best guess at how the Red Sox will be filling out their lineup card on March 30th against the Orioles.
FYI: All projections come from Steamer. Also, check out my Lineup Projection 1.0 from a few weeks back.