The Red Sox, losers of ten straight, will have David Ortiz at first base and, once again, the American League's second least effective pitcher on the mound (thank goodness for Kevin Correia!) Monday afternoon against the Braves.
|BOSTON RED SOX||ATLANTA BRAVES|
|Brock Holt - 3B||Jason Heyward - RF|
|Xander Bogaerts - SS||B.J. Upton - CF|
|Dustin Pedroia - 2B||Freddie Freeman - 1B|
|David Ortiz - 1B||Justin Upton - LF|
|A.J. Pierzynski - C||Chris Johnson - 3B|
|Jonny Gomes - RF||A. Simmons - SS|
|Grady Sizemore - LF||Ramiro Pena - 2B|
|Jackie Bradley - CF||Gerald Laird - C|
|Clay Buchholz - RHP||Ervin Santana - RHP|
It was a lot easier to get upset about Clay Buchholz being run out there time and time again when the Red Sox were up around .500 and looking like a real baseball team. Now, though, after ten straight losses, it's more morbidly comical than really frustrating. He's got a 6.32 ERA, we've got a 10-game losing streak. It's a match made in...well, somewhere.
If there's a positive here, it's that being in the National League actually helps to mask just how thin Boston's lineup is right now. The lack of the DH takes David Ortiz into the field to cover Mike Napoli's absence, replacing that hole with the mutually assumed out that is the pitcher's spot. Hooray for silver linings.
First pitch is at 1:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN, WEEI, and ESPN.