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The Pale Hose are bad, bad, bad. Can Rick Porcello be better than that?

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The first half of the first line of Matt Collins’s always helpful series preview is:

The White Sox are far and away the worst team in the American League

Not great! So... yeah, the Red Sox (59-49) had better win this series against the rebuilding Blight Sox (41-64). Their first stab comes tonight, (7:10 p.m., NESN) in their second stab at their 109th game after last night’s rainout against Cleveland. It’s Rick Porcello (4.55 ERA) against Miguel Gonzalez (4.59 ERA). Let’s quote Collins on Gonzalez, which I suddenly realize I should have been doing all year for all opposing pitchers. As a wise recent birthday boy has repeatedly said: Good bloggers blog. Great bloggers steal.

Anyhow:

Gonzalez may be the most solid member of member of this White Sox rotation, which says more about their rotation than it does about the 33-year-old righty. [...] He doesn’t strike out many batters, he walks batters far too often, and he allows too many fly balls for a pitcher in a hitter’s park. For what it’s worth, he does have a 2.33 ERA over his last three starts, but his peripherals aren’t great there either. Gonzalez throws a fastball and a sinker — both in the low-90s — to go with a slider, a curveball and a splitter.

Thanks, Matt! The Red Sox’s lineup is the same as yesterday’s would have been, with Rafael Devers sliding up to the fifth spot. “Old” friend Yoan Moncada returns to the White Sox lineup (i.e., Jose Abreu) after a scary injury in the field. New friends Nicky Delmonico and Omar Narvaez, who I promise you are real baseball players, also making the starting nine.

Here are the full lineups:

Game 109 (take 2), August 3, 2017 vs. White Sox

Batting Order White Sox Red Sox
Batting Order White Sox Red Sox
1 Leury Garcia, RF Mookie Betts, RF
2 Yolmer Sanchez, DH Andrew Benintendi, LF
3 Jose Abreu, 1B Eduardo Nunez, 2B
4 Yoan Moncada, 2B Hanley Ramirez, DH
5 Nicky Delmonico, LF Rafael Devers, 3B
6 Tyler Saladino, 3B Xander Bogaerts, SS
7 Tim Anderson, SS Mitch Moreland, 1B
8 Omar Narvaez, C Christian Vazquez, C
9 Adam Engel, CF Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
SP Miguel Gonzalez, RHP Rick Porcello, RHP