While I hadn't mentioned moving Pedroia to the lead off spot at all this year, he did have the most potential of any of the players heading into the 2014 season.
Batting average hitting 1st: .238
Batting average hitting 2nd: .313
Batting average leading off: .244
OBP leading off: .263
SANDOVAL- If you're wondering what the deal is with Pablo because he is showing you nothing from the plate, that's pretty much what he is. Believe it or not, his OBP is actually higher than it was last season (.326 compared to .324 last year). The only number out of the ordinary when looking at his statistics is his ratio of ground outs to air outs (GO/AO). So far this season that number is 1.82, while his career number is 1.08. In his career, the closest he has been to 1.82 is in 2010 when it was 1.29. That season his batting average was .268......but hey he is good in the post season, so let's sign him to a huge deal.
While Sandoval is showing me exactly what I expected (mediocrity) from the plate, I do need to say that I am impressed with his defense at third. For a big guy he is pretty agile. Additionally, he is pretty accurate with his throws. Nevertheless, he should probably become a first baseman in the near future.
ORTIZ- So Ortiz got moved out his three spot and out of the lineup. Surely that pissed him off. They said it was so he could work on his swing. Surely, that's disrespectful to Papi. They batted Sandoval in his place. What has he ever done to earn that?
As one of the few who saw a lot of potential in Ortiz while Jeremy Giambi was getting a majority of the at bats, I still have faith in the man. While he might not put up career numbers by the end of the season, his final numbers will still be very respectful and he will still have games where he puts the team on his 39 year old back.