David Price is on the mound with a chance to win the American League East. It’s the way John Farrell drew it all up when he set his rotation to have Price pitching the last game of the season, only a week early and in New York.
|BOSTON RED SOX||NEW YORK YANKEES|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS||Jacoby Ellsbury, CF|
|David Ortiz, DH||Gary Sanchez, DH|
|Mookie Betts, RF||Starlin Castro, 2B|
|Hanley Ramirez, 1B||Chase Headley, 3B|
|Brock Holt, 3B||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF||Aaron Hicks, RF|
|Sandy Leon, C||Austin Romine, C|
|Andrew Benintendi, LF||Tyler Austin, 1B|
|SP - David Price||SP - Luis Cessa|
This might well be what you’d call a full lineup for the Red Sox headed into the postseason, with Holt at third in place of Shaw. If that’s the case, the Sox can only hope he manages to hold up better in October than he generally has in his other extended stints as a starter.
Despite the lack of production from third base—regardless of if it’s Hill, Holt, or Shaw at the hot corner—Andrew Benintendi remains at the bottom of the order. John Farrell said he pretty much had to consider moving him up at some point, but he’s fast running out of ideal games for experimentation. Given that he’s hitting .314/.381/.512 on the year, it just seems a serious waste if the Sox are going to let games end with Holt having hit more than him.
For tonight, though, I suppose there is still technically something to be won. The Sox have the opportunity to celebrate clinching the division as the #1 seed on their old rivals field—hopefully with their 12th straight victory rather than simply a Toronto loss. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN, ESPN2, and WEEI.