Red Sox vs. Reds: Xander Bogaerts sits as Sox once again aim for .500

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Xander Bogaerts is out, Jonathan Herrera is in as the Red Sox hope that the ninth time is the charm in their quest for .500.

The Red Sox will give Xander Bogaerts the day off as they take their ninth shot at getting back to .500 against Mike Leake and the Cincinnati Reds.

Today's Lineups

CINCINNATI REDS BOSTON RED SOX
Skip Schumaker - CF Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Joey Votto - 1B Shane Victorino - RF
B. Phillips - 2B David Ortiz - DH
Todd Frazier - 3B Mike Napoli - 1B
Brayan Pena - C Grady Sizemore - LF
Ryan Ludwick - DH A.J. Pierzynski - C
Roger Bernadina - RF Jackie Bradley - CF
Chris Heisey - LF W. Middlebrooks - 3B
Zack Cozart - SS J. Herrera - SS
Mike Leake - RHP Jake Peavy - RHP

Xander Bogaerts had one very rough night at the plate Tuesday, perhaps providing the catalyst for John Farrell's decision to take him out of the lineup for one game. Boston's lineup is certainly at its best when the young shortstop is playing, but having started Boston's last 17 games, it was perhaps time for Xander to get a night to sit, watch, and recharge anyway.

Unfortunately, this does mean that the Red Sox are very much at less-than-full power when once again within range of finally clearing this .500 hump that they have been stuck under for so long. Eight straight losses playing one game under .500 is more than just frustrating, it's getting to the point where we have to assume it's of some serious psychological significance when they keep coming up short time and time again.

Hopefully tonight is the night that changes. Jake Peavy has given this team the chance to win just about every time he's taken the mound this season, whether it's been pretty or not. But after so many missed opportunities, it's going to be hard to believe it until it's actually over and done with.

First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

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