Rusney Castillo is in the lineup, people! This is not a drill, this is happening!
|BOSTON RED SOX||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Mookie Betts, RF||TBA|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS|
|David Ortiz, DH|
|Hanley Ramirez, 1B|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF|
|Rusney Castillo, LF|
|Travis Shaw, 3B|
|Sandy Leon, C|
|Starting Pitcher -- Eduardo Rodriguez||Starting Pitcher -- Tyler Wilson|
What did it take to get him there? Brock Holt getting concussed, Blake Swihart crashing into the wall, and Chris Young tweaking his quad. But all that has happened, and up steps Castillo, set to get his first start with the Red Sox since April 9th.
In fact, it will also see just his second at bat at any level since June 4th, which is not exactly encouraging. Make no mistake, Castillo is not being put in a position to succeed here. But the Red Sox have shown they have zero faith in the outfielder, so pretty much anything he does contribute will apparently surprise Farrell and co. He hasn't exactly earned trust, but I'm also not sure he's earned the almost cold shoulder style of treatment he's received from the team this year.
Unfortunately, this does mean that the Red Sox will be at less-than-full strength in what feels like a pretty big game. The Sox would very much like to take at least one of these series from their AL East competition before the long layoff between them and the Orioles/Jays. This is their chance, and it will come against Tyler Wilson, who holds a 4.73 ERA. An unimpressive figure, but that didn't stop him from having a solid performance against this Sox team the last time he faced them, and it's certainly better than Eduardo Rodriguez' 6.06. Boston's young lefty has clearly not quite put it all together since returning to Fenway from the disabled list. Hopefully his tendency to perform well against the team that traded him will hold up tonight.
First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.