When J.D. Drew looks to his immediate right this summer, it won’t be Jacoby Ellsbury looking back. Instead, it will be Gold Glove winner Mike Cameron in center, with the swift Ellsbury taking refuge in the shade of Fenway’s Green Monster.
Such an outfield is destined to be one of the best in the American League, according to NESN baseball analyst Peter Gammons.
“It will be one of the best — Seattle’s will be very good too, but I think [Boston’s] will be one of the better defensive outfields around,” Gammons said Wednesday from Fort Myers. “I think it’s really important, cutting balls off. All the balls in the alleys that trickle through in Fenway Park, a ball rolls through to the wall, a guy scores from first. A ball rolls through to the wall in right field, anyone can score from first. So getting to balls and cutting them off are really important.”
But this unit isn’t just a defensive juggernaut. Ellsbury has arguably one of the most demanding jobs as leadoff hitter, while Cameron — who can launch 25 homers this summer — is ready to keep things rolling at the end of the order.
Drew is expected to maintain his consistent ways at the No. 6 or No. 7 spot.
“He’s been amazingly consistent,” Gammons said of Drew. “His OPS has always been first, second or third among right fielders — he’s a remarkably consistent player.”
Check out the rest of Tom Caron and Gammons’ clip on the Red Sox outfield below: