David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez have been far and away the two most productive hitters on the Red Sox this season. Problem is they are both first baseman, and solely first baseman.. How do you get Ortiz’s bat in the lineup during the nine games of interleague away games when Gonzalez has been one of the two best hitters in baseball (See Jose Bautista)? Adrian Gonzalez recently proposed agreeing to play right field. Having the slowest player on the team patrolling that amount of area creates a liability and potential injury risk. With that said, JD Drew as good as he is defensively is a huge drop off from Ortiz, and sitting Ortiz for nine games during one of the hottest stretches in the past five years is not fair to him.
The way I’d handle it, considering there is no perfect solution is to play Gonzalez in right, but only a few games to minimize his injury risk, but enough to give Ortiz a chance to stay warm and have your best possible lineup out there at least a few games.
Start Gonzalez at first 5 games
Start Gonzalez in right 3 games
Sit Gonzalez 1 game
Start Ortiz at first 4 games.
Bench Ortiz 5 games