The Sox will try to bounce back from their first loss in 12 games Wednesday night and clinch the East in the process.
|BOSTON RED SOX||NEW YORK YANKEES|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS||Jacoby Ellsbury, CF|
|David Ortiz, DH||Gary Sanchez, C|
|Mookie Betts, RF||Brian McCann, DH|
|Hanley Ramirez, 1B||Starlin Castro, 2B|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Brock Holt, 3B||Mark Teixeira, 1B|
|Andrew Benintendi, LF||Chase Headley, 3B|
|Sandy Leon, C||Mason Williams, RF|
|SP - Clay Buchholz||SP - Bryan Mitchell|
While David Price didn’t really contribute to the cause last night, he’s a more reliable arm than the man who now seems like a lock to join him in the playoff rotation. Buchholz has had some low-scoring performances of late, but the peripherals aren’t particularly encouraging in that time, even for Buchholz. That brief stint where he looked like his 2013/2015 self seems to have been left behind after the beginning of the month.
Still, he’s produced, and this is still the 92-win Red Sox against the 81-win Yankees, who aren’t exactly sending Masahiro Tanaka to the mound tonight. They got Mitchell out of the game early the last time they faced him, and will want to do the same tonight. Better not to rely on the O’s to beat the Jays, or Owens to beat Sabathia, and certainly better not to head into that series against Toronto without the Jays mathematically eliminated.
First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.