The Red Sox have lost two games in a row, and their record sits at an even 2-2 heading into today’s 1:10 p.m game against Detroit. Most importantly, the team has being slowly eaten by zombies. The superflu continues its march through the team, apace, having now affected Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Andrew Benintendi, Joe Kelly and Dave O’Brien — yes, the announcer, who left mid-game yesterday with the illness. This is a crazy way to open the season, and pushes the Sox toward mid-season form; not the “running on all cylinders” type, but the “patchworking yourself through a random week when everyone is injured” kind.
Thankfully, Bette is back, and the flu has not yet claimed reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello, an appreciation of whom I wrote last week. He’ll face Daniel Norris, who sounds like he ought to/might be an enforcer for the Red Wings.
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|