Monday night saw Clay Buchholz exorcise some demons against a Blue Jays team that had his number in 2015. Now it's Eduardo Rodriguez' turn to try to quiet the league's most dangerous lineup--the one which scored nine runs off of him just over two weeks back.
|BOSTON RED SOX||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Mookie Betts - CF||Jose Reyes - SS|
|Brock Holt - 2B||Josh Donaldson - DH|
|Xander Bogaerts - SS||Jose Bautista - RF|
|David Ortiz - DH||Edwin Encarnacion - 1B|
|Pablo Sandoval - 3B||Chris Colabello - LF|
|Mike Napoli - 1B||Danny Valencia - 3B|
|Alejandro De Aza - LF||Dioner Navarro - C|
|Blake Swihart - C||Kevin Pillar - CF|
|Jackie Bradley - RF||Devon Travis - 2B|
|Eduardo Rodriguez - LHP||Marco Estrada - RHP|
While Rodriguez will have to face most of the same guys who destroyed him in Fenway Park, he'll at least get to dodge Russell Martin and Ryan Goins who, while not the scariest name in the world, did homer off Rodriguez in that last game. He'll also not have to worry about Hanley Ramirez in left, for what that's worth.
Really, though, the Red Sox just need a very different performance on the mound tonight from Rodriguez. It's not about who he's facing and who he has behind him so much as who takes the hill. If it's the Rodriguez from his first three outings, they'll be fine. If it's the one from the last game against Toronto? Not so much. If it's the one who was tipping pitches against the Orioles? Well...it really shouldn't be that one, at least. That'd indicate an entirely different, far stranger problem.
First pitch is at 7:07 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.