It wasn't the offense that was the problem on Monday, so the Red Sox will trot out the same starting nine Tuesday and hope that Clay Buchholz can do better than David Price and Craig Kim--
Well...well that's not a sentence you really want to be saying.
|BOSTON RED SOX||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Mookie Betts, RF||Joey Rickard, CF|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Manny Machado, 3B|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS||Chris Davis, 1B|
|David Ortiz, DH||Mark Trumbo, RF|
|Hanley Ramirez, 1B||Matt Wieters, C|
|Travis Shaw, 3B||Pedro Alvarez, DH|
|Brock Holt, LF||J.J. Hardy, SS|
|Blake Swihart, C||Jonathan Schoop, 2B|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF||Ryan Flaherty, LF|
|Starting Pitcher -- Clay Buchholz||Starting Pitcher -- Mike Wright|
Yes, it's Clay Buchholz who stands between the Red Sox and their first losing record of the season, and he takes the mound against a 6-0 Orioles team. Got them right where we want them, eh?
Look, Buchholz can be good. It can happen. But it's not likely to if Buchholz' first start is indicative of the year he's going to have. And history would suggest that's pretty likely, seeing as how he's never been good coming off an injury.
So the Red Sox might just have to score a bunch today. Which we've certainly seen they are more likely than not to do on any given day. Seven runs wasn't enough the last time Buchholz took the mound, but even in his bad years, he's not always going to be quite as miserable as he was in his first outing.
So there's hope! But with Tazawa and Uehara and Kimbrel having all pitched yesterday (to wildly varying degrees of success), and Buchholz being who he is, it's going to be at least a nervous few hours before the first pitch is thrown. And then possibly a miserable few after.
First pitch, if I've gotten you appropriately excited to watch, is at 7:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.