Fittingly enough, the Red Sox closed the first third of their season by taking a series from the team with baseball’s best record and will open the second third with a pivotal (they’re all pivotal, aren’t they? But this one seems especially so) four-game set against one of baseball’s best teams. As promised, here’s a selection of projections based on Sox’ performances thus far.
- Mark Loretta: 198 hits, .303 average.
- David Ortiz: 48 HR, 150 RBI
- Manny Ramirez: 42 HR, 111 RBI, 147 Ks
- Kevin Youkilis: .317 average, 21 HR, 81 RBI, 123 runs
- Mike Lowell: .320, 21 HR, 87 RBI, 69 doubles (ML record)
- Trot Nixon: 15 HR, 90 RBI
- Curt Schilling: 24-6, 219 K, 27 BB
- Josh Beckett: 21-6
- Jonathan Papelbon: 81 G, 60 SV, 0 BS
Hey, most of this isn’t going to happen (although Loretta, Youk, Manny and Papi seem most likely, especially considering the latter two usually heat up like crazy come July/August). But it’s fun. So parse and enjoy!
P.S. Look at that Schilling K/BB ratio (73:9 at the moment). He keeps that up, he will win 20 games this year. Period.