The Red Sox will try to get back in the win column Wednesday night, but will need Clay Buchholz to be better than he has been if they have any hope of doing so.
|BOSTON RED SOX||CHICAGO WHITE SOX|
|Mookie Betts, RF||Mookie Betts, RF|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Dustin Pedroia, 2B|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS||Xander Bogaerts, SS|
|David Ortiz, DH||David Ortiz, DH|
|Hanley Ramirez, 1B||Hanley Ramirez, 1B|
|Chris Young, LF||Chris Young, LF|
|Travis Shaw, 3B||Travis Shaw, 3B|
|Christian Vazquez, C||Christian Vazquez, C|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF||Jackie Bradley Jr., CF|
|Starting Pitcher -- Clay Buchholz||Starting Pitcher -- Carlos Rodon|
After last night's duel, today certainly promises...something else. Carlos Rodon is not some no-name pitcher, but the third overall pick from the 2014 draft is still young and relatively inexperienced. On his career, he's actually been a perfectly league-average pitcher at least in terms of results, though that number has been headed in the wrong direction this season. He's still a fine option to throw out there every fifth day right now, to say nothing of the promise he holds down the line, it's just a question of if he can hold down this Red Sox lineup. Jose Quintana he is not...yet.
But neither is Clay Buchholz. At all. It's been five straight losses for the Red Sox in Buchholz starts to begin the season, and it's not because they can't score him any runs. He's been the disaster he so often is when he's coming off these midseason injuries that cost him months worth of starts, and while there was a brief moment where it seemed as though maybe, just maybe he was on the upswing, another miserable outing against the Braves have largely put those hopes to rest. At this point, he's probably fighting to keep his rotation spot when Eduardo Rodriguez returns.
First pitch is at 8:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN, ESPN, and WEEI.