Yes, more of that same lineup against left-handed pitchers that really just hasn't gotten the job done of late. The Red Sox have faced a lot of lefties over the past week or so, but they've not hit many of those lefties very well at all. This despite being so well equipped for it with the likes of Cody Ross, Mike Aviles, and Kelly Shoppach.
It's going to be more of the same tonight against Derek Holland, however, and it's hard to question the decision. Who do you switch out? Which lefty-masher do you remove? Which regular is replaced with a player possessing, almost invariably, even worse splits?
No, if the Sox are going to beat lefties, it has to be this lineup that gets the job done, chasing the spot starters early rather than being held to one run in seven innings. Especially tonight, because even if Beckett has one of his good games, one run isn't terribly likely to get the job done.
|BOSTON RED SOX||TEXAS RANGERS|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Ian Kinsler, 2B|
|Pedro Ciriaco, DH||Elvis Andrus, SS|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Josh Hamilton, DH|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||Adrian Beltre, 3B|
|Cody Ross, RF||Michael Young, 1B|
|Will Middlebrooks, 3B||Nelson Cruz, RF|
|Carl Crawford, LF||David Murphy, LF|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||Yorvit Torrealba, C|
|Mike Aviles, SS||Craig Gentry, CF|