We have had baseball games in Australia and we will get another game on ESPN on Sunday night, but the real opening day of the baseball season is on Monday. On Monday the Boston Red Sox will start the defense of their World Series title with a three game series on the road against the Baltimore Orioles. It will be the kickoff of another great year for Red Sox fans
The Red Sox enter the season looking great, with very few holes. The one place where they might be a bit vulnerable is the left side of the infield. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks had a solid spring, but he seems to be a very streaky hitter. Rookie Xander Bogaerts will man the shortstop position and though he has shown a lot of promise, you just never can be sure what you will get with a rookie.
If the Red Sox can avoid a slew of major injuries there is no reason they won't be in the running for another title. Jon Lester is now officially an ace and the rest of the rotation is strong. The bullpen has only been enhanced by the acquisition Edward Mujica. The staff will now be dealing to veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski, and upgrade over Jarrod Saltalamacchia who signed with the Miami Marlins. The lineup is much the same as last year with David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli leading the way. If Grady Sizemore can stay healthy he could wind up being an even more valuable than center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
When the end of September rolls around the Red Sox will be on top of the American League East again and gearing up for the playoffs. So jump on board the train early and enjoy the ride.