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Red Sox vs. Astros lineups: Can Steven Wright reach the top?

Steven Wright: American League ERA leader. What now?

Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Steven Wright has an accomplishment nobody would have expected within reach tonight as he tries to make is six straight wins for the Red Sox.


Mookie Betts, RF TBA
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Travis Shaw, 3B
Brock Holt, LF
Ryan Hanigan, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Starting Pitcher -- Steven Wright Starting Pitcher -- Lance McCullers

It was Wright who started this win streak with his complete game performance against the Yankees. Now, four games and 51 runs later, it's still rolling. If Steven Wright can record 14 outs before he surrenders an earned run, he'll take over--at least for a moment--the American League ERA lead.

It's not, frankly, the most important milestone in the world. Yes, it'd be ridiculous to see Wright, who wasn't even slated to start the year in the rotation, manage this feat more than a month into the season. But it's not like it will change what he did in that month-plus if he doesn't manage it.

And honestly, if Steven Wright does have to have a bad start at some point--the law of averages and, indeed, knuckleballs would seem to dictate that, even if Wright seems determined to flout said laws--this would probably be the time. The Red Sox offense is on a ridiculous tear, they've won a bunch of games in a row, and win or lose tonight, it's not going to change the state of this team significantly.

But so long as Wright is willing to keep on ignoring the odds and producing fantastic start after fantastic start, the Red Sox and their fans will take it.

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