Peter Abraham, a Red Sox reporter for the Boston Globe, and one of the authors of the blog Extra Bases, took some time out of his busy schedule to talk about the upcoming series, former players and more.
AH: What are the biggest strengths for the Red Sox this season? The biggest weaknesses?
PA: Their biggest strengths are clearly the rotation. In Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and John Lackey, the Sox have as good a first three starters as any team in baseball. Clay Buchholz and Tim Wakefield are not too bad either. The other strength is the team’s defense, which was greatly improved by the additions of Mike Cameron, Adrian Beltre and Marco Scutaro. The offense remains potent but in terms of weaknesses the Sox lack some power in the middle of their order with the loss of Jason Bay to free agency. But that can be overcome in other ways. They have a very balanced lineup, for instance.
AH: Former Twin David Ortiz got off to a slow start last season