Red Sox vs. Astros lineups: Mike Carp starts in left

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The Red Sox will have Mike Carp in left field Saturday night as they take on the Houston Astros.

The left-field shuffle continues for the Red Sox, with Mike Carp taking his turn Saturday night against Brad Peacock and the Houston Astros.

Boston Red Sox (16-7)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Daniel Nava, RF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Mike Napoli, 1B
  6. Mike Carp, LF
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  8. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  9. Stephen Drew, SS

Starting Pitcher -- Felix Doubront

Houston Astros (7-16)

  1. Jose Altuve, 2B
  2. Brandon Barnes, RF
  3. Brandon Laird, 1B
  4. Chris Carter, LF
  5. Ronny Cedeno, DH
  6. Carlos Corporan, C
  7. Matt Dominguez, 3B
  8. Marwin Gonzalez, SS
  9. Robbie Grossman, CF

Starting Pitcher -- Brad Peacock

The first two games of the series felt like two that the Red Sox absolutely could not lose, frankly. Even with an "any given game" mentality, with the pitching matchups the Sox had those were games the Sox simply sound never lose.

These last two, however, come back towards the middle. Brad Peacock hasn't been particularly good this season, but he was a highly-rated prospect before 2012, and Felix Doubront, while he can be impressive, can also allow a good few runs and run into trouble with his pitch count.

Should the Red Sox win this one? Yes. Whenever a 16-7 team runs into a 7-16 team, they should probably win that game. If Doubront is imperfect, Peacock has much bigger question marks. Still, these are the ones which Sox fans can't feel quite as secure in.

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