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Open Thread: Wild Card Clinch? Clevelands @ Red Sox.

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W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2008 - Zach Jackson 0-3 6.48 1.48 22 6

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W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2008 - Josh Beckett 12-9 3.96 1.18 166 33

Amidst a busy schedule of stealing quite generic nicknames, the Sox take on the Clevelands tonight at Fenway Park with a chance to seal up a spot in the 2008 postseason. There's only one October, just like last year.


Lineup

Cleveland Indians @ Boston Red Sox

09/22/08 7:05 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians Boston Red Sox
Grady Sizemore - CF Jacoby Ellsbury - CF
Jamey Carroll - 3B Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Shin-Soo Choo - RF David Ortiz - DH
Jhonny Peralta - SS Kevin Youkilis - 3B
Travis Hafner - DH Jason Bay - LF
Ben Francisco - LF Jed Lowrie - SS
Ryan Garko - 1B Mark Kotsay - RF
Kelly Shoppach - C Jason Varitek - C
Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B Jeff Bailey - 1B

You can have your Hanley Ramirez, Freddy Sanchez, Carlos Pena, Brandon Moss, David Murphy -regrets. The Clevelands have a catcher whose hitting line in 107 games this season is .268/.346/.534, and it ain't Victor Martinez.

Despite a recent hot streak, still not loving Ells in the leadoff spot. The rest of the lineup, however, is just about exactly as it should look given the individuals playing tonight. Jason Bay returns from maternity leave. I might've given Bailey a shot a little higher in the order, but then he might've just reached base and not been knocked in by Kotsay or 'Tek, so maybe it all works out. Zach Jackson is LH, which is good news for 'Tek, as he can hit from the side of the plate that he can still hit from (.875 OPS v. LHPs this season from the right side). Go Sox. Clinch. Down with the Rays. All that good stuff.