The Red Sox will have Mike Napoli at first and Daniel Nava in right field against the Phillies as they send Rick Porcello to the mound for his first regular season start with the team.
Boston Red Sox (1-0)
- Mookie Betts, CF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- Pablo Sandoval, 3B
- Hanley Ramirez, LF
- Mike Napoli, 1B
- Daniel Nava, RF
- Ryan Hanigan, C
- Xander Bogaerts, SS
- Rick Porcello, P
Philadelphia Phillies (0-1)
- Ben Revere, CF
- Carlos Ruiz, C
- Chase Utley, 2B
- Ryan Howard, 1B
- Darin Ruf, LF
- Cody Asche, 3B
- Jeff Francoeur, RF
- Freddy Galvis, SS
- Aaron Harang, P
So there are three elephants in the room with this lineup...
1) David Ortiz is out against a RHP after starting Opening Day against a LHP, with Mike Napoli likewise seeing the wrong side of both splits.
2) Shane Victorino is out, leaving Daniel Nava to man right field which is...less-than-ideal.
3) Xander Bogaerts and Ryan Hanigan swap places after one game.
The first is really just a concession to having David Ortiz in the starting lineup on Opening Day. I don't think John Farrell would tell you this is the ideal arrangement if you asked him, but you don't sit David Ortiz on Opening Day. With the Sox likely not planning to have him start all three games at first, and both of these next two coming against right-handed pitchers, now is as good a time as any to get Napoli his start.
The second is a concession to all that depth talk. Like it or not, Rusney Castillo is in Triple-A, and so long as he the bench gloves are pretty dismal in the outfield. It's probably a decent exchange to make, though, when you consider that Nava is still rocking a career line of .293/.385/.428 against RHP. John Farrell has a lot of pieces to use in the outfield, so expect him to employ plenty of rotation until someone proves they shouldn't be a part of it.
The third really doesn't make much sense to me. Did Hanigan look good at the plate yesterday? Sure. Did he look better than Xander? Yes. Do you drop Xander to eighth because of it? Nope. The idea here might be to get a sort of second cleanup hitter in before the pitcher bats--Hanigan is an on-base guy, where Xander can knock in a baserunner from first, making the more-or-less automatic out from Porcello slightly less likely to waste scoring chances.
First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN, ESPN2, and WEEI.
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