Red Sox vs. Indians 2017 Roster Breakdown: Infielders

Oct 4, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (10) reacts after hitting a walk off three run home run against Baltimore Orioles in the 11th inning to give the Jays a 5-2 win in the American League wild card playoff baseball game at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (10) reacts after hitting a walk off three run home run against Baltimore Orioles in the 11th inning to give the Jays a 5-2 win in the American League wild card playoff baseball game at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /
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Results

The Indians have the edge over infield dominance, with rising star Francisco Lindor at short, breakout star Jose Ramirez at third, and newcomer star Edwin Encarnacion at first.

That’s not to say that Boston is too far behind, given that Bogaerts is a reliable option at shortstop and Pedroia plays an invaluable second base. However, Moreland and Sandoval have too many question marks to be wholly relied upon; it wouldn’t be a major shock if different faces were manning the corner infield spots at Fenway in July. And who even knows what’s going on at catcher.

Come back next week to see who wins the battle of the outfields, but for now, here are the infield results:

Indians: 3 (1B, SS, 3B)

Red Sox: 1 (2B)

Tie: 1 (C)

Next: Red Sox: What could possibly go wrong for Boston in 2017?

Feel free to leave a comment with any agreements or disagreements, as many positions can go either way with these two powerhouse teams.