Boston Red Sox (9-4)
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Shane Victorino, RF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- Mike Napoli, DH
- Daniel Nava, LF
- Will Middlebrooks, 3B
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
- Stephen Drew, SS
- Mike Carp, 1B
Cleveland Indians (5-7)
- Michael Brantley, LF
- Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
- Carlos Santana, C
- Nick Swisher, RF
- Jason Giambi, DH
- Mark Reynolds, 1B
- Cord Phelps, 2B
- Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
- Drew Stubbs, CF
Starting Pitcher -- Justin Masterson
So, you may notice a few things here:
- The Red Sox have a first baseman batting last.
- The Red Sox have a starting pitcher who was a top cut candidate before the season began.
- The Indians are starting a pitcher with an ERA of 0.41. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm thinking that's a pretty good number right there.
To make a long story short, this does not have the feeling of a win. Can it happen? Sure, anything can happen. Aceves was serviceable in his last start, whatever Masterson is he's not a 0.41 ERA pitcher, and whenever Terry Francona gets his lineup in, Boston's will probably still look just fine even with Carp in there.
Still, it's gonna take some luck to get this one. Which is fine. These Sox have taken four wins already this time through the rotation, and are running into the unfortunate 1-vs.-5 matchup. You don't win many of those. And after today, it's back to Lester - Buchholz - Dempster, regardless of the outcome. This is not a game to get too stressed about--we're kind of playing with house money.
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- Ubaldo Jimenez, the Red Sox, and the 2011 trade deadline
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- The exciting adventures of Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz