Red Sox offense scuffling early without David Ortiz, but why?

With the departure of David Ortiz, the Red Sox were supposed to replace their retired star’s offensive output by committee.

They needed MVP candidate Mookie Betts to continue to rake. They needed Xander Bogaerts to play like he did for the first three quarters of 2016. They needed Andrew Benintnendi to make good on the promising first sample size he put together at the end of last season.
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Two other things to consider with this idea, both of which should attract the purists:

A no-DH, no-pitcher order might not necessarily reduce the need for pinch hitters. They could still be used in lefty-righty matchups. Worried about strategy disappearing? There’s a bone for you.

With no DH, every game would be nine on nine again, even if both teams’ No. 9 wouldn’t ever have to hit.

The latter consideration is a small, but important, one, because it does harken to a time when both leagues made the pitcher hit. Baseball still sells nostalgia even while it’s occupied with making changes.
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And that’s one of the many reasons why both camps (DH, no DH) should be OK with this change.

Before we get into that other thing that has kept Kaepernick from finding his ideal second-team scenario, the Seahawks can be a great benefit to him finding his way on the field again.

LA could easily employ platoons at each position: Andrew Toles/Scott Van Slyke in left; Joc Pederson/Franklin Gutierrez in center; and Yasiel Puig/Andre Ethier in right. That leaves out Enrique Hernandez, Trayce Thompson and Brett Eibner, players with big league experience who are listed as outfielders on the 40-man roster. Thompson is likely headed to Triple-A as he recovers from a back injury, and Eibner is seen as a depth piece. Still, Dodgers president Andrew Friedman is an enviable position if he wants to make trades.

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