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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineup: R-E-L-A-X (Pedey’s back)

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The Red Sox have lost two games in a row. They lead the Yankees by three. The sky is not falling.

Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox
Calmer than you are.
Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Red Sox are already in the playoffs. Per Baseball Prospectus, they have a 95 percent chance of winning the division. Yes, Mookie Betts is hurt, but the Sox have bounced back from these (Extremely short! They’ve lost two in a row!) dry spells all year, much of those times during the long, fat middle of the season during which Mookie couldn’t hit a lick — provided said lick wasn’t 200 feet above the infield, that is.

The Yankees are playing well and, since Monday, the Red Sox are not. If you don’t believe me, check Twitter. And here’s a note to you KNUCKLEHEADS: Calm down. The Sox have 91 wins. They just need a handful more to take the AL East. They will almost certainly do it, and when they do, I will say “I told you so,” because the math on this one is easy.

Anyhow, tonight it’s Rick Porcello against Marco Estrada. Last time out, Porcello gave up four runs to the first four batters and the Sox still won, ergo, if he gives up anything fewer than four runs to the first four batters tonight, the Sox should win. I’ll take those odds, the haters be damned.

Dustin Pedroia is back in the lineup, as is Rajai Davis, who hasn’t played in minute. Here are the full slates:

Game 158, September 27, 2017 vs. Blue Jays

Lineup Spot Blue Jays Red Sox
Lineup Spot Blue Jays Red Sox
1 Teoscar Hernandez, CF Xander Bogaerts, SS
2 Josh Donaldson, 3B Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3 Justin Smoak, 1B Andrew Benintendi, LF
4 Jose Bautista, RF Hanley Ramirez, DH
5 Kendrys Morales, DH Mitch Moreland, 1B
6 Kevin Pillar, CF Christian Vazquez, C
7 Russell Martin, C Rafael Devers, 3B
8 Ryan Goins, SS Rajai Davis, RF
9 Darwin Barney, 2B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
SP Marco Estrada, RHP Rick Porcello, RHP