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Wherein we bow to superstition, because it can't hurt.

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox will try to salvage a series split against the Rays Thursday night as they send--on second thought, let's not.

Today's Lineups

Brandon Guyer - LF Mookie Betts - RF
Mikie Mahtook - DH Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Evan Longoria - 3B Xander Bogaerts - SS
Logan Forsythe - 2B David Ortiz - DH
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Travis Shaw - 1B
Steven Souza - RF Rusney Castillo - LF
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Brock Holt - 3B
Richie Shaffer - 1B Ryan Hanigan - C
Luke Maile - C Jackie Bradley - CF
Erasmo Ramirez - RHP Wade Miley - LHP

There are some players who seem to follow certain patterns. Maybe they start good, maybe they start bad. Eventually, they work their way up to the point where they've slowly worked their way out of the hole they've dug, or come back to Earth from their early heights. Then someone mentions that it's time to worry about/be encouraged by their recent results, and within one or two starts, they're right back to where they started.

If one were a superstitious sort, then, it would make sense to bring that sort of thing up for players trending downwards, and ignore it for those getting better over time. I'm not saying the Red Sox have any of those guys. I'm not saying that anyone who may or may not be taking the mound tonight has been stuck in that cycle for months now. And I'm certainly not saying they've got their lowest ERA since a first start on April 10th that may or may not have happened.

But if this were happening, hopefully by ignoring it, we can make sure the trend continues undisturbed. So, with that in mind, let's all talk about Mookie Betts and how he's pretty great.

First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

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