With Dustin Pedroia getting the day off, Jackie Bradley Jr. will finally get a chance to move up in the lineup, all the way to second as the Sox try to start a new winning streak.
|BOSTON RED SOX||HOUSTON ASTROS|
|Mookie Betts, RF||Jose Altuve, 2B|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF||George Springer, RF|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS||Carlos Correa, SS|
|David Ortiz, DH||Colby Rasmus, LF|
|Hanley Ramirez, 1B||Marwin Gonzalez, 1B|
|Travis Shaw, 3B||Luis Valbuena, 3B|
|Josh Rutledge, 2B||Preston Tucker, DH|
|Brock Holt, LF||Jason Castro, C|
|Christian Vazquez, C||Jake Marisnick, CF|
|Starting Pitcher -- Clay Buchholz||Starting Pitcher -- Collin McHugh|
It's certainly well-deserved. Not only does Bradley have a 19-game hitting streak, but a 6-game multi-hit streak. His OPS actually jumped up over the 1.000 mark last night, which leaves him #10 in all of baseball. Seriously, this is the reality we live in.
Will the Red Sox need him to do work today? Well, probably. Clay Buchholz is on the mound, and that hasn't been good news this year. It is worth mentioning that his first start in May was the best we've seen from him, and his second start wasn't quite so bad as it seemed. The run he surrendered in the first wasn't really on him, and he probably would've pitched into the sixth but for the long wait imposed on him by the offense. It wasn't the sort of disaster that we really worry about with Buchholz.
So that's a mixed bag. Less mixed is Collin McHugh's 5.50 ERA. He's coming off a good game against Seattle, but so was Dallas Keuchel, and we all know how that worked out.
First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN, WEEI, and FS1.