Four reasons for offensive optimism

Questions persist, but the Red Sox's bats should show improvement

Updated: March 31, 2010, 3:05 PM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPN Stats & Information

But will they hit?

Over the winter, the Boston Red Sox added a top-of-the-rotation starter in John Lackey and overhauled their defense. Offense seemingly was put on the back burner. Jason Bay, the team's top run producer and power threat, left for the Mets. In his place is Mike Cameron, a 37-year-old lifetime .250 hitter who by May will move into the top 10 on the all-time strikeout list.

Questions about Boston's offensive capabilities are understandable, particularly after the team ...

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