clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Red Sox vs. Orioles lineups: David Ortiz sits, Brock Holt starts in left

New, 23 comments

David Ortiz is out of the lineup Sunday afternoon against the Orioles, with Brock Holt getting the start in his place.

Rob Carr/Getty Images

David Ortiz is out of the starting lineup Sunday afternoon against the Orioles, with Hanley Ramirez taking over at DH and Brock Holt playing in left field.

Boston Red Sox (10-8)

  1. Mookie Betts, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
  4. Hanley Ramirez, DH
  5. Mike Napoli, 1B
  6. Brock Holt, LF
  7. Allen Craig, RF
  8. Xander Bogaerts, SS
  9. Sandy Leon, C
Starting Pitcher -- Wade Miley

Baltimore Orioles (8-10)

  1. Everth Cabrera, SS
  2. Manny Machado, 3B
  3. Adam Jones, CF
  4. Delmon Young, RF
  5. Chris Davis, 1B
  6. Steve Pearce, LF
  7. Jimmy Paredes, DH
  8. Ryan Lavarnway, C
  9. Rey Navarro, 2B

Starting PItcher -- Bud Norris

With the day game after a night game, Sandy Leon will also take over for Ryan Hanigan behind the plate.

Having Brock Holt in left field should at least improve the defense behind Wade Miley. He's coming off a decent game  on the mound against the Rays when he kept them off the board for 5.2 innings, albeit with four walks to just three strikeouts. If he's going to pitch like that again, then having Holt out there should help, though it probably won't quite make up for Allen Craig in right.

In fact, Allen Craig's presence in right (rather than, say, Daniel Nava) is generally confusing given the right-handed pitcher on the mound for the Orioles. It feels like perhaps John Farrell is trying to get the one-time star going with some consistent playing time in Shane Victorino's absence.

First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN, WEEI, and the MLB Network.