I would call this one a mismatch as well, but perhaps I've learned my lesson?
The Red Sox are after a win tonight. Not just in the game, or in the series, but in the season series. It's only August 7, but if 9-2 becomes 10-2, then even a (terrible) 0-6 finish against New York wouldn't let the Yankees take it from the Sox.
Of course, given the way these sorts of things are decided, it would also give the Red Sox effectively a 1.5 game lead in the division, should the Wild Card come from the East (which at the moment seems fairly likely). Of course, if they go 0-6 against New York from here-on-out, then that .5 game bonus isn't likely to matter for much, but it's something to keep in mind.
The Sox will have Beckett on the mound tonight, which of course also means Varitek behind the plate:
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
- Kevin Youkilis, 3B
- David Ortiz, DH
- Carl Crawford, LF
- Josh Reddick, RF
- Jason Varitek, C
- Marco Scutaro, SS
|2011 - Josh Beckett||9-4||21||21||1||1||0||0||139.0||91||35||34||11||37||122||2.20||.92|
|2011 - Freddy Garcia||10-7||20||19||0||0||0||0||117.1||118||46||42||9||34||80||3.22||1.30|