Play Ball 2011: Sox lineup deep, dangerous


Play Ball 2011: Sox lineup deep, dangerous

When looking at the Red Sox' potential Opening Day lineup, with the additions of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, it's hard not to think it will be one of the best.

One of the best in the league? One of the best in Red Sox history?

To both questions, Lou Merloni and Sean McAdam answer "yes."

Merloni compared this lineup to the one the Red Sox had in 2004, when they won their first World Series in 86 years.

"They have that power. They can get that three-run home run to win ballgames when they need to," Merloni said. "When facing tough pitchers they can do it on the basepaths. They can manufacture runs. Guys at the bottom of the order can hit and run. There are a lot of different ways they can attack teams."

McAdam compared them to the powerful lineups the Red Sox had in the 1970s, but with more speed.

"They have a 100-RBI guy hitting sixth," McAdam said. "That tells you a lot about depth and a lot about the balance that they have of speed, athleticism at the top, and guys who can clean that up at the four-to-six spots. They have some guys at the bottom who aren't to be dismissed either. I think it's a good lineup. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better one in baseball."

Merloni: 'One good start' could change things for David Price in playoffs

Merloni: 'One good start' could change things for David Price in playoffs

Gary Tanguay and Lou Merloni talk all Boston Red Sox postseason and cover David Price's bad postseason pitching, Drew Pomeranz heading to the bullpen, and if the Sox should feel pressure to clinch AL East sooner than later.

Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen


Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen

NEW YORK -- If Drew Pomeranz is going to be part of the Red Sox' postseason plans, the team will likely have a better idea about that question by Thursday afternoon.

Pomeranz, who was scratched from his final scheduled start on Thursday because of soreness in his left forearm and general concern about his 2016 workload, will throw a 30-35 pitch bullpen.

If he responds well, he could then see some relief action over the final weekend at Fenway to determine his readiness for the playoffs.

"Before we even begin to map out a potential relief appearance over the weekend,'' said John Farrell, "we've got to get through that next step.''

Pomeranz pitched well in his last start at Tropicana Field over the weekend, but has been dealing with some discomfort in his forearm.

"I've had some soreness here, late in the year,'' Pomeranz said. "I've thrown more innings than I have ever (before), so we kind of sat down and talked about the best course of action the rest of the way.''

Pomeranz described what he felt as "just some soreness, probably from never covering this time of the year. It's a spot I've never been in before. We just decided the best thing to do was not making this last start and talk about maybe sliding into the bullpen.''

The lefty is no stranger to the bullpen, having pitched there as recently as last season while with Oakland.

"I've had the benefit of doing pretty much everything (in terms of roles),'' he said. "I'm pretty comfortable in any situation. If they see me helping there, obviously, that's where I want to be. But I don't know if it's a sure thing. We'll have to see how it goes.''

Meanwhile, another sidelined starter, Steven Wright, is expected to rejoin the team in Boston Friday. Wright threw a bullpen off the mound earlier this week in Fort Myers as he attempts to come back from inflammation in his shoulder.