Red Sox vs. Blue Jays: Slightly better squad tries to avoid the sweep

Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

As evidenced by last night, it could certainly be worse.

The Red Sox will have a slightly less terrible batting order as they attempt to dodge a second straight sweep in Fenway Park.

Today's Lineups

TORONTO BLUE JAYS BOSTON RED SOX
Jose Reyes - SS Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Melky Cabrera - LF Shane Victorino - RF
Jose Bautista - RF David Ortiz - DH
E. Encarnacion - 1B Jonny Gomes - LF
Brett Lawrie - 3B A.J. Pierzynski - C
Dioner Navarro - C Xander Bogaerts - SS
Steve Tolleson - 2B Mike Carp - 1B
Kevin Pillar - DH Brock Holt - 3B
Anthony Gose - CF Jackie Bradley - CF
Mark Buehrle - LHP Jon Lester - LHP

It's really a sorry state of affairs when any lineup featuring A.J. Pierzynski batting fifth vs. a left-handed pitcher can be considered an improvement. But here we are. Boston's catcher has hit all of .258/.288/.379 against southpaws over the course of his lengthy career, and is managing an almost impressively poor .125/.169/.125 line against them in 37 plate appearances this year. Seriously, it's hard to not at least run into a couple more seeing-eye singles than that.

On the bright side, Jonny Gomes batting fourth against a lefty is about a hundred times better than Jonny Gomes batting fourth against a righty, Xander Bogaerts is back up to the sixth spot, and Jackie Bradley Jr. will bring about as much bat to the plate as Grady Sizemore and a whole lot more glove to the outfield.

The best part, though, is that the Red Sox will have Jon Lester on the mound. Hard to beat that.

First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. EST with broadcasts by NESN and WEEI.

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