[UPDATE]: Sorry, Chris, looks like it's only two lefties for certain. The White Sox just designated John Danks, who was supposed to take his ERA over 7.00 up against the Red Sox on Wednesday. Alas.
Chris Young will finally have his chance to show what he can do in the right matchups as the Red Sox take on lefty after lefty in Chicago.
|BOSTON RED SOX||CHICAGO WHITE SOX|
|Mookie Betts, RF||TBA|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS|
|David Ortiz, DH|
|Hanley Ramirez, 1B|
|Travis Shaw, 3B|
|Chris Young, LF|
|Ryan Hanigan, C|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF|
|Starting Pitcher -- Steven Wright||Starting Pitcher -- Jose Quintana|
While Young's season line as a whole looks dreadful, the fact is that he hasn't done anything Red Sox fans shouldn't have expected. If he's perhaps been even worse against righties thus far than usual (small sample size warning applies, of course), he's also been even better against lefties, holding an OPS over 1.000 against the pitchers he's supposed to hit.
Thing is, the Red Sox just haven't faced that many of them, and in order to keep Young from missing out on almost an entire month of games, John Farrell has given him the occasional start against a right-handed pitcher. But that won't be a problem in Chicago. From Quintana to Danks to Rodon, it's going to be all southpaws in the Windy City.
And the Sox will certainly need Young to keep mashing lefties, because this projects to be a contest between Chicago's ability to prevent runs and Boston's ability to score them. The White Sox lineup isn't terrible, but it does come in as below average thus far in 2016 by wRC+, while the Red Sox are among the best of the best at piling up runs. On the other hand, where the Red Sox have occasionally had trouble keeping runs off the board (especially with two of the three rotation spots they have coming up), Chicago has allowed a remarkably low 77 in 26 games played.
At least for tonight, the Red Sox have Steven Wright on the mound. There will be an off night for that knuckleball at some point, but it hasn't come yet, and the longer he puts it off, the easier it is to believe that they will be extremely few and far between.
First pitch is at 8:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.