|Pedroia: Red Sox can score more runs than last year||02.14.10 at 12:21 am ET|
Appearing on the Mut & Bradford show, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said he was tired of hearing criticism of the team’s offense, saying the Sox not only won’t be solely about pitching and defense but can “absolutely” score more runs than in 2009.
“I’m excited. I’m definitely excited this year. I think it’s a challenge because everybody out there is saying all we can do is pitch and play defense,” Pedroia said. “I think a lot of guys are going to take that personal, and as an offensive unit we need to score a lot of runs and I have a lot of confidence we’re going to do all kind of good things.
“It gets to you a little bit. Every time I’m on the show somebody is calling asking about that. It kind of gets to you a little bit. A lot of guys take pride in having good at-bats and doing everything we can to score runs. We have a lot of very good offensive players. I’m confident in our team and I’m confident that we’re going to be great.”
When asked if the 2010 lineup had the capability to surpass last season’s 872 runs (third best in the American League), Pedroia didn’t hesitate.
“Absolutely. The additions we made to our team I think have a lot of guys that will fit well together,” he said. “I don’t know what’s the lineup is going to be, but if you look up and down our lineup, guys can find ways to score runs. We can hit home runs, we can steal bases, we can bunt guys over, we can do a lot of things to score runs. You look at other teams’ offense, yeah, they might have more power, but 1 through 9 we’re going to work the count and do a lot things to win games.”
Pedroia, who plans on flying into Fort Myers Friday, also touched on one of the biggest storylines for the Red Sox coming into spring training: the value of Josh Beckett, who is in the last year of his contract.
“I always viewed him as the leader of the pitching staff,” Pedroia said of Beckett. “He’s a workhorse. He takes the ball, goes out there and gives everything he’s got, and that’s all you can ask from a starting pitcher. He never shows weakness, he wants to win more than anybody I’ve ever seen. This guy is intense and I think the fans and everybody love that about him. He’s shown a lot of the younger guys on the pitching staff how to go about their business, and that’s huge. How he’s helped Jon Lester and how he’s helped Buchholz and some of the other guys … I’m pretty sure everybody wants Josh around for a long time.”
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