All season long, two of the most reliable fantasy baseball players on the Red Sox were Ortiz and Napoli. They batted fourth and fifth, respectively, in the first two games of the World Series. The hardest part is, both are hitting well right now. Ortiz has homered twice in as many games, while Napoli had three RBI in Game 1. With a predominantly right-handed pitching staff, Ortiz is expected to get the start at first base while in St. Louis. While he is the slightly better fantasy baseball option as a hitter, he is not a strong fielder. It will be interesting to see if the Red Sox will make a late-inning switch for more defense.
Even though Napoli will be stuck on the bench for most of the game, he will be able to pick his spots and possibly pinch hit in key situations. He gives Boston a nice player to use during a double-switch as well, which is prevalent in the National League. For an American League team built around the DH, these next two games are definitely a test for the franchise. Manager John Farrell will have to get a little more creative, but it shouldn’t be too much of a burden.