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07:37 AM ET 02.25 | When it comes to filling out a lineup card, as of Feb. 25, Boston remains in somewhat of a discovery phase. Red Sox hitting coach Greg Colbrunn doesn't have a recipe for a new leadoff hitter. What he knows is that this powerful lineup that produced a league-best 853 runs in 2013 will look different, but not necessarily worse. He can't mix Shane Victorino with Dustin Pedroia and a little Grady Sizemore and come up with another Jacoby Ellsbury. Not possible. The speed, the disruptive nature of Ellsbury's game, that's gone. "Of course we'll miss Jacoby," David Ortiz said. "Nobody in the game could do what he did. Now we have to find a way to make up for that some way. I think we have guys on the team that can lead off and make our lineup work. We'll see."

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February 25, 2014  07:54 AM ET

The Sox had the top offense in baseball last year. Losing Ellsbury is a blow, but they'll be okay.

February 25, 2014  08:07 AM ET

....the sux wuz lucky last year....rangers were/are better....we will c on the field this year (agin)....the least sux...west is where its at....

February 25, 2014  08:27 AM ET

They should give Bradley a shot at leading off. He's been a leadoff hitter his whole life and would be very comfortable in that spot. His career OBP in the minors is 404, he knows how to get on base.

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February 25, 2014  10:24 AM ET
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I have a hard time believing that Bogaerts won't be better at the plate than Drew. Salty did have a career year at C, but the big dew shh they signed to replace him can hit as well as him. 3B (Middlebrooks, Ciriaco, Snyder and a few others) was a black hole as far as offense was concerned. Losing Ellsbury is big, but you have to go back to 2001 (7 years before Jacoby played significant time in the bigs) to find a Red Sox team that wasn't at or near the top of the league in runs scored.

You'll like Pierzynski when he's on your team.

 
February 25, 2014  10:25 AM ET
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I also think that Victorino won't have another career year. Still, measured by RS, the Red Sox had the best offense in the bigs last year and it wasn't particularly close.I agree that they can afford to lose some pop and still have a strong offense.

Sox teams were the bookends of the RS category in the AL.

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