First, the good news: I was right about yesterday’s game. Ubaldo Jimenez started for Baltimore, and the boomsticks were, in fact, inside Fenway Park. The problem is that they belonged to the Orioles, who as many home runs before you finished dinner — four — as the Sox have all year, and went on to secure to a 12-5 victory. It might be tempting to give up on Steven Wright, but we think that might be premature. Plus, you have more worrying to do today.
Eduardo Rodriguez starts for the Sox after a mediocre-at-best first start in Detroit, and the bullpen was used pretty exhaustively yesterday, so a good start today would help quite a bit. The good news on that front is that Robbie Ross Jr. is back from the Disabled List, and fresh. The lineup has been shuffled toward the bottom, with Marco Hernandez getting the start at third base and Brock Holt playing left field. The Pirates will start something named Chad Kuhl, whom the Sox hopefully swat back to Pittsburgh. This is not a No Homers club — we can have more than one.
Here are the full lineups:
Game 9: April 13 vs. Pirates
|1||Jordy Mercer, SS||Dustin Pedroia, 2B|
|2||Starling Marte, CF||Andrew Benintendi, CF|
|3||Andrew McCutchen, RF||Mookie Betts, RF|
|4||Gregory Polanco, LF||Hanley Ramirez, DH|
|5||David Freese, 3B||Mitch Moreland, 1B|
|6||Josh Harrison, DH||Xander Bogaerts, SS|
|7||Josh Bell, 1B||Marco Hernandez, 3B|
|8||Phil Gosselin, 2B||Christian Vazquez, C|
|9||Chris Stewart, C||Brock Holt, LF, \o/|
|SP||Chad Kuhl||Eduardo Rodriguez|