The Red Sox had yesterday off thanks to the weather, but even with 24 extra hours of rest, Blake Swihart will sit out Friday night as the Sox go to Toronto for their first AL East series of the season.
|BOSTON RED SOX||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Mookie Betts, RF||Kevin Pillar, CF|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Josh Donaldson, DH|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS||Jose Bautista, RF|
|David Ortiz, DH||Edwin Encarnacion, 1B|
|Hanley Ramirez, 1B||Troy Tulowitzki, SS|
|Travis Shaw, 3B||Michael Saunders, LF|
|Brock Holt, LF||Russell Martin, C|
|Ryan Hanigan, C||Ryan Goins, 2B|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF||Darwin Barney, 3B|
|Starting Pitcher -- Joe Kelly|
It's the first start of the year for Joe Kelly as well, and boy, he's got his work cut out for him. This Blue Jays lineup may only have 15 runs to its name after four games against the Rays, but that doesn't make them any less of a buzzsaw. Just looking at that 2-through-5 is terrifying, especially if there's still some of that old Troy Tulowitzki in there.
And while the Red Sox will be stuck on their 3-through-5 pitchers (they could use Price for the last outing, but John Farrell has elected not to push Steven Wright back a day and instead go with the ace for the home opener), the Blue Jays have played four and had a day off. They're back on 1-through-3, starting with Marcus Stroman. And while there are questions about the young righty's durability, when he's on the mound there's no denying his talent.
Of course, Carlo Carrasco and Corey Kluber are pretty good pitchers too, and the Red Sox put together 12 runs in the two games they played against Cleveland's top pair. It's just their luck that the first four pitchers they'll face this season are all guys at the top of the rotation, but complaining won't do any good. They just have to go out there and hit.
First pitch is at 7:07 p.m. EDT because Toronto is weird like that with broadcasts on NESN, WEEI, and the MLB Network.