I put this in the Ortiz complaining thread, but I figure I'll just put in a new thread.
1. The Sox have the following hitters who can't hit their way out of a paper bag:
A. Nava (a switch hitter who is so bad at right-handed that his left-handed woes still earn him at bats every game)
B. Ross (love the guy, but his offense has been putrid. Just pretty much expect if he's catching, the pitchers will do well because he's a heckuva pitch-caller/framer, but he's become the prototypical extra catcher who can't hit)
C. Bradley (love his defense, rinse, repeat...a guy who will probably stick in the big leagues for a few teams because he can be a defensive replacement, fill-in starter and pinch runner...a career back-up in the making.)
D. Drew (love his....yawn)
E. Gomes (love his hero work of last year, but he's 2005 Kevin Millar in a tail-spin)
F. Carp (hurt, but more of a reserve fill-in starter)
G. Victorino (hurt, obviously could help the team's lineup, but just as capable of being a slumper, he's been on the DL so long you almost forget he was a regular last year)
That leaves the following to produce offense
1. Holt, for average guy, not a power hitter
2. AJ, can hit for a little power, shaky defense, but better than a lot of hitting catchers
3. Pedroia, his HR last night was unfortunately how he seems to hit for power--once in a blue moon odom. He's better than average, but an underachiever so far this year--injuries? Maybe. Breaking down offensively, maybe.
4. Napoli...pretty much also underachieving so far with his lack of HRs, but as you can see when he does hit jacks, he's like Big Papi--a huge contributor to the lineup.
5. Bogaerts--like Holt, got hot for a stretch, and certainly can turn into a potential GG third baseman, but is he a power hitter? No idea if he can hit 15 to 20 during a year. He has tons of tools, is very young, so jury out, but clearly an asset on offense.
6. Big Papi---stop complaining about him complaining as again he's the only consistent run producer, power hitter on the team in 2014. He's it, low average and all.