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Red Sox vs. Yankees lineups: Fear the reverse lock

The Sox have a very good chance to clinch this series today...barring the reverse-lock phenomenon.

Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Red Sox are back in reverse lock territory Saturday afternoon as they go looking for a series win over the Yankees.


Dustin Pedroia, 2B TBA
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Mookie Betts, RF
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Travis Shaw, 3B
Sandy Leon, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Andrew Benintendi, LF
Starting Pitcher -- David Price Starting Pitcher -- Bryan Mitchell

David Price vs. Bryan Mitchell is, simply enough, not a matchup the Red Sox should lose, even before you take the lineups into consideration. Once you do consider that the best offense in baseball is back to scoring runs, Hanley is on fire, Benintendi is back, etc. etc. etc...Well, that’s when we start getting to the point where the Red Sox are so certain to win this one that they can’t help but lose it.

Superstition aside, though—and really, if any sport could use a little less of that, ti’s probably baseball—this is the game the Sox should be using to finally put a kibosh on New York’s late-season surge towards the top of the East, if not the playoffs entirely. The Yankees are six back now, and if the Sox win today, that’s as close as they can even hope to be when the series comes to an end tomorrow. That’s a gap which isn’t mathematically impossible to close. But it is pretty prohibitive with so little time remaining.

Put a nail in that coffin, Red Sox. Don’t let those damn Yankees rise from the grave again.

First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. ET with broadcasts on FOX and WEEI.