With the East clinched, the Red Sox turn to some, but not all of their backups for the final game of their series in New York.
|BOSTON RED SOX||NEW YORK YANKEES|
|Aaron Hill, 3B||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Andrew Benintendi, LF||Jacoby Ellsbury, CF|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS||Gary Sanchez, DH|
|David Ortiz, DH||Starlin Castro, 2B|
|Chris Young, RF||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF||Chase Headley, 3B|
|Ryan Hanigan, C||Brian McCann, C|
|Travis Shaw, 1B||Aaron Hicks, RF|
|Deven Marrero, 2B||Tyler Austin, 1B|
|SP - Henry Owens||SP - CC Sabathia|
Unsurprisingly, this is one of the worst lineups of the season. Perhaps “one of” is unnecessary, even. The Sox have some mostly meaningless games ahead, and want to head into the postseason at full strength, even if that hurts their chances to take home field advantage in October.
And really, if you’re going to completely punt a game in favor of rest, this is probably the one to go with given that Henry Owens is on the mound. The wild young lefty looked better later in the year down in Pawtucket, but it didn’t translate to the majors in that one late-August start he had. With him getting the start, the Sox are probably the biggest underdogs they’ve been at any point in September.
First pitch, for those interested in this...unique entry into the 2016 catalog is at 7:05 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.