Well, I wrote a lineup post, and then apparently forgot to post it. And now the game's an hour away, so...combined game thread/lineup post, I guess.
Wade Miley is set to take the mound Saturday afternoon against the Jays, but given the events of the last two games, he might be wishing it was someone else's turn.
|BOSTON RED SOX||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Mookie Betts - RF||Ben Revere - LF|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Josh Donaldson - 3B|
|Xander Bogaerts - SS||Jose Bautista - RF|
|David Ortiz - DH||Edwin Encarnacion - DH|
|Travis Shaw - 1B||Chris Colabello - 1B|
|Rusney Castillo - LF||Russell Martin - C|
|Brock Holt, 3B||Kevin Pillar - CF|
|Blake Swihart, C||Ryan Goins - SS|
|Jackie Bradley - CF||Cliff Pennington - 2B|
|Wade Miley - LHP||R.A. Dickey - RHP|
So what do the last couple games have to do with Wade Miley? Well, like Joe Kelly and Rick Porcello, Wade Miley comes into this game as a disappointing first-half pitcher who finally finds himself on something of a roll. No, Miley isn't quite as consistently impressive as the other two pitchers were coming into their starts, but he's got a 3.87 ERA in the second half to go with an excellent 61:17 K:BB. He looks, in short, like the pitcher the Red Sox expected.
But...in these last two games, Joe Kelly crashed and burned so badly that the Sox decided to shut him down completely, and while Rick Porcello has a bit of a defensive gaffe to blame for his worst inning, five earned runs in six innings ain't so great.
Can Wade Miley dodge the bullet? Well, the Blue Jays aren't exactly a team to make that easy. But hey, the fact that the last couple pitchers had outings eerily similar to what Miley wants to avoid is also not really a reason to believe the same will happen to him. The universe doesn't actually work that way even if we think it does.
Except that it totally does and this is going to be awful and why Baseball Gods have you decided to forsake us even further just when we had nice things even in a lost season why why why why why
Yup, nothing to worry about. Nothing at all...
First pitch is at 4:07 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN, WEEI, and the MLB Network.