Almost every thread these days contains a suggested/proposed lineup for 2010, usually including a player the Sox don't have! Not that there's anything wrong with fantasy lineups, but if you/we're going to do it at least know this:
The difference between a maximally optimized lineup and the kind we can expect from Ozzie (or many other managers) MAY result in a ONE game difference over the year. Under normal circumstances it don't mean a hill of beans. But in a division that's gone 163 for 2 years in a row, optimization may play a role.
Finally, there's been a BIG emphasis on the #3 hitter in many of the posts here. Is it Q? Should Beckham move there? Maybe Che? To give you a clue, I'll post this from the following link. Go read the rest of the article to see 1-9 in detail:
The Third Spot
The old-school book says to put your best high-average hitter here. The lead-off hitter should already be in scoring position and a hit drives him in. Wham, bam, thank you ma'am.
The Book says the #3 hitter comes to the plate with, on average, fewer runners on base than the #4 or #5 hitters. So why focus on putting a guy who can knock in runs in the #3 spot, when the two spots after him can benefit from it more? Surprisingly, because he comes to bat so often with two outs and no runners on base, the #3 hitter isn't nearly as important as we think. This is a spot to fill after more important spots are taken care of.