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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineup: The return of Steady Eddie

He may not be consistent from pitch to pitch, but Eduardo Rodriguez’s bottom line is remarkably easy to predict.

MLB: Texas Rangers at Boston Red Sox
Can’t start a winning streak without winning the first one.
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The Red Sox (66-30) try to rebound from last night’s Rick Porcello disaster when they face the Blue Jays (43-50) this afternoon at Fenway Park (1:05 p.m., NESN, MLBN out-of-market) behind Eduardo Rodriguez (11-3, 3.62 ERA).

About today’s game: E-Rod looks to pick up the pieces for a shattered Pretty Ricky vs. Sam Gaviglio (2-3, 4.70 ERA), a hanger-on in the Blue Jays rotation who could be just what the doctor ordered, except the offense has been just fine. If it keeps up, Rodriguez should be able to give the Sox a chance as long as he doesn’t pull an Bad E-Rod. Good E-Rod and they win, obviously, but even Regular E-Rod would work. That’s Mr. Fringe Quality Start, and he’s uncannily good at it. He’s gone exactly 5.2 innings in half of his last 10 starts, though most of those were in a 4-out-of-5 stretch at the front end — but he’s also gone exactly 6 innings 6 times on the year, meaning out of his 18 starts, he’s retired 17 or 18 batters in 11 of them. It feels really, really strange to say this about Eddie, but... at least he’s consistent?

The lineup is ridiculous but includes Mookie and J.D. so things are good.

About last night’s game: The offense couldn’t overcome a nightmarish start for Porcello, who gave up 8 runs in just over 2 innings, and the Sox eventually fell, 13-7, on Friday the 13th, 7/13. LOL. Here’s the recap.

Forecast: 76 degrees and partly cloudy.

Today’s reading: Jake says the Sox should get Asdrubal Cabrera. I say they should get Matt Strahm. I’m honor-bound to note that in our extremely feisty dynasty league, each of us “owns” the player we wrote about, which probably just means we paid more attention to them, but you can ascribe motives as you wish.

A good tweet unintentionally summing up Porcello’s night:


Game 97 vs. Blue Jays

Lineup Spot Blue Jays Red Sox
Lineup Spot Blue Jays Red Sox
1 Lourdes Gurriel Jr., 2B Mookie Betts, RF
2 Yangervis Solarte, 3B Brock Holt, 2B
3 Teoscar Hernández, LF J.D. Martinez, LF
4 Justin Smoak, 1B Xander Bogaerts, SS
5 Kendrys Morales, DH Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
6 Kevin Pillar, CF Eduardo Núñez, 3B
7 Randal Grichuk, RF Blake Swihart, DH
8 Almedys Díaz, SS Sandy León, C
9 Luke Maile, C Tzu-Wei Lin, SS
SP Sam Gaviglio, RHP Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP