CSNNE.com's Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam alongside Jessica Moran and Lou Merloni discuss how they see the new members of the Red Sox fitting in.
"I think what's going to be interesting Jess is watching this team sort of form its own personality. And that's going to take a while," McAdam said. "It's not necessarily going to happen down here over the next five or six weeks. It'll be probably April, May before we finally see that personality emerge.
There are certainly lots of new faces in the organization, but Merloni is particularly interested in one that's been around the team for a bit -- Daniel Bard.
Merloni wants to see how Bard performs this spring, and if he'll find a spot on the Sox roster or back down in Pawtucket.
As far as the Sox chances for postseason contention, both McAdam and Merloni admit that a lot will have to go right in order for that to happen.
The A.L. East-champion Red Sox, still fighting for playoff position, field their usual lineup as they open David Ortiz's final regular-season series tonight (7:10) against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox (92-67) are two games behind the Texas Rangers (94-65) in the race for the best record in the A.L., with the Cleveland Indians (91-67) a half-game behind Boston.
Rick Porcello (22-4, 3.11 ERA), the likely Game 1 starter in the ALDS, will try to add to his Cy Young Award resume tonight. He’ll be opposed by right-hander Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.53).
The Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles (both 87-72) are tied for the A.L. wild-card lead with the Detroit Tigers (85-73) 1 1/2 games back.
It’s the final regular season series for Oritz, with ceremonies planned to honor the retiring Red Sox DH prior to each of the final three game this weekend.
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Brock Holt 3B
Mookie Betts RF
David Ortiz DH
Hanely Ramirez 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Jackie Bradley CF
Sandy Leon C
Andrew Benintendi LF
Rick Porcello P
Eziquiel Carrera LF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Jose Bautista RF
Russell Martin C
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Justin Smoak 1B
Kevin Pillar CF
Devon Travis 2B
Marco Estrada RHP