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McAdam: Is Jarren Duran the answer to Red Sox’ bottom-of-lineup woes?

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As befits a team that sits atop its division, the Red Sox are associated with far more positives than negatives.

As a staff, the Red Sox have a 3.75 ERA -- 12th among the 30 MLB teams and sixth among the 15 clubs in the American League.

Meanwhile, the offense is tied with Houston for the most runs scored among A.L. teams, and the Sox are among the league-leaders in total bases, slugging percentage, OPS and a host of other categories.

That's not to suggest, however, that all is perfect or that there aren't troubling aspects of the team's performance that could use improvement.

Chief among those is the abysmal production being provided by the bottom three spots in the Boston batting order.

Here are the batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage slash lines associated with the final three spots in the lineup through 29 games.

No. 7:  .150/.232/.230
No. 8: .232/.280/.354
No. 9: .167/.216/.229

Combined the three spots have generated a slash line of .186/.246/.275 with 19 walks and 95 strikeouts. The power output has been negligible with a total of three homers.