The Red Sox will kick off a home-and-away series against the Braves Monday night behind Rick Porcello, assuming some dreary Fenway weather doesn't get in the way.
|ATLANTA BRAVES||BOSTON RED SOX|
|Jace Peterson - 2B||Dustin Pedroia - 2B|
|Cameron Maybin - CF||Brock Holt - RF|
|Freddie Freeman - 1B||Hanley Ramirez - LF|
|Nick Markakis - RF||David Ortiz - DH|
|Juan Uribe - 3B||Xander Bogaerts - SS|
|Kelly Johnson - DH||Pablo Sandoval - 3B|
|Jonny Gomes - LF||Mike Napoli - 1B|
|A.J. Pierzynski - C||Mookie Betts - CF|
|Andrelton Simmons - SS||Sandy Leon - C|
|Williams Perez - RHP||Rick Porcello - RHP|
The skies over Boston seem to match the mood surrounding the team right now. With six straight losses to their names and a record 10 games under .500, there's little hope left in Boston right now, and so long as the likes of Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, and Rick Porcello continue to struggle, the doom and gloom will continue to touch on 2016 and beyond as well. There's no doubt--this is a 2012 sort of atmosphere right now, fair or not.
So of course the Red Sox will be winning the World Series next year, right?
Hard to imagine right now, but that was the case this time three years ago as well. For now, it'd be nice to see the aforementioned underperformers at least show some signs of life. If Pablo Sandoval can get his defense back to its old state, if Hanley Ramirez can hit like he did before he ran into that wall, or if Rick Porcello can get those ground balls and not those homers, well, at least there'll be reason to believe the hole they've dug will be more-or-less limited to 2015.
First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN, ESPN, and WEEI.