Breaking down everyone’s role on the Red Sox postseason roster

Tom Joyce ·

Finally.

The Red Sox waited until Thursday morning to announce there playoff roster. But now that it’s out there, it’s time to break it down.

Starting pitching (4):

Rick Porcello — The right-handed ace. This guy is a Cy Young contender.

David Price — The left-handed ace. His lack of postseason success is troubling though.

Clay Buchholz — The No. 2 righty. Early season struggles are behind him.

Eddie Rodriguez — The No. 2 lefty. He was sharp after the All-Star break.

Bullpen (7):

Craig Kimbrel — The closer. Lights out for most of the season, but he’s hit some bumps recently.

Koji Uehara — The setup man/B closer. He’s been sharp — and he’s there if Kimbrel fails.

Joe Kelly — The seventh inning guy. His Cy Young stuff has translated well into relief.

Brad Ziegler — The righty. This guy shuts down right-handed hitters.

Robbie Ross Jr. — The lefty. This guy shuts down left-handed hitters.

Drew Pomeranz — The long lefty. A starter for much of the season, he could eat innings in a lopsider.

Matt Barnes — The mop-up. He had a good September, but the former starter should take care of it.

Catcher (2)

Sandy Leon — The catcher. He’s not hitting well lately but man, this guy can play defense.

Christian Vazquez — The backup catcher. See above.

Infield (8)

David Ortiz (DH) — The anchor. When they say, “the heart of the order”, it’s a reference to this guy.

Hanley Ramirez (1B) — The right-handed anchor. Hanley’s really turned it around, and he mashes left-handed pitching.

Dustin Pedroia (2B) — The captain. Find a more intense player in the game. Plus he’s a .300 hitter.

Xander Bogaerts (SS) — The shortstop. Best Red Sox shortstop since Nomar, even if he cooled off a bit.

Brock Holt (3B) — The flex seal. Guy fills the hole at any position. This time, it looks like it’s third base vs. righties.

Aaron Hill (3B) — The platoon partner. Holt can’t hit lefties. Hill can.

Travis Shaw (IF) — The backup first baseman. I mean, that’s the only reason he could be here. Right?

Marco Hernandez (IF) — The pinch runner. Quintin Berry wasn’t available. Hernandez isn’t bad at the plate either.

Outfield (4)

Mookie Betts (RF) — The MVP candidate. Guy does it all.

Jackie Bradley Jr. (CF) — Poor man’s Mookie. Also does it all. Probably better defensively too. One of the best OFers in baseball.

Andrew Benintendi (LF) — The left fielder. The rookie is hitting and he’s built like Yaz.

Chris Young (LF) — The much-needed right-handed power bat off the bench. Plus, he’ll start in left vs. lefties.

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