The Red Sox will be without Travis Shaw Tuesday night for the first time this season as he deals with a minor hand injury.
|Boston Red Sox||Colorado Rockies|
|Mookie Betts, RF||Charlie Blackmon, CF|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Trevor Story, SS|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS||Nolan Arenado, 3B|
|David Ortiz, DH||Mark Reynolds, 1B|
|Hanley Ramirez, 1B||Carlos Gonzalez, RF|
|Chris Young, LF||Ryan Raburn, DH|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF||Gerardo Parra, LF|
|Josh Rutledge, 3B||Dustin Garneau, C|
|Christian Vazquez, C||DJ LeMahieu, 2B|
|Starting Pitcher -- David Price||Starting Pitcher -- Jorge De La Rosa|
It's not the worst time to be missing Shaw, with a lefty on the mound for Colorado in Jorge De La Rosa. The Red Sox get to slot Chris Young and Josh Rutledge into the lineup against the southpaw fairly easily--no small things against a pitcher with some severe career splits.
While they're not exactly on fire like the Red Sox this season, these Rockies are not proving to be the pushovers they often have been in seasons past. They're just one game under .500 with a run differential to match thus far, and if that doesn't leave them the staunchest of opposition, this is certainly not one of those series where anything short of a sweep will be a disappointment, particularly with Clay Buchholz on the horizon.
Tonight, however, with Price taking on a man with a 10.18 ERA, the Red Sox should certainly be leaving Fenway Park with a win, peripherals and park effects be damned. This is a mismatch in pretty much all areas, and the Red Sox should not be dropping games like this.
First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.