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Red Sox at White Sox Lineups: Getting Swihart some ABs

And going up against an old friend

Boston Red Sox v Chicago White Sox Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Bryan is on vacation, so you’re stuck with me in this space for a little bit. Anyway, the Red Sox are going for their fourth straight win on Friday, and they’re going up against an old friend as they try to do so. Michael Kopech is arguably the most talented young pitcher in all of baseball and has an absolutely electric arm. As a pro, his biggest issue has been harnessing his command — far from a rare problem for pitchers like him — but in the second half of the minor-league season he seemingly found a solution for those issues. This will be his third start since his promotion to the majors, and you have to think he’ll be a little extra amped for this one going up against his former organization. That could result in him looking like the ace many project him to be, but it could also mean a re-emergence of those command problems. Don’t be surprised if the first inning of this game tells the story for Kopech.

As for how the Red Sox will attack him, things are mostly normal. The one difference from a typical lineup is at first base, where Blake Swihart will play. The catcher has certainly earned more playing time, but it seems the team wants to keep pairing Sandy León with the best pitchers on the roster. I get it, but it’s getting easier and easier to justify a switch from that strategy. Either way, this allows them to have their cake and eat it too. It also speaks to Mitch Moreland’s knee issues that he is sitting for a third straight game. If rosters weren’t expanding tomorrow there would be an interesting conversation to have with him and the disabled list.

On the mound, the Red Sox look to Nathan Eovaldi. Rick Porcello wasn’t great as he looked for a big start on Thursday, but he settled in and gave the team a little bit more length than it seemed he would early on at least. Eovaldi is looking for better results and something closer to the guy he was in his first two starts. He’s had some help from Pedro Martinez since his last start, and if the greatest pitcher of all time (don’t @ me) can’t help it might be time to worry. Here are the full lineups.

Game 137 at White Sox

Lineup Spot Red Sox White Sox
Lineup Spot Red Sox White Sox
1 Mookie Betts, RF Tim Anderson, SS
2 Andrew Benintendi, LF Nicky Delmonico, DH
3 Steve Pearce, 1B Avisail Garcia, RF
4 J.D. Martinez, DH Matt Davidson, 1B
5 Xander Bogaerts, SS Yoan Moncada, 2B
6 Eduardo Nunez, 3B Ryan LaMarre, LF
7 Ian Kinsler, 2B Omar Navarez, C
8 Christian Vazquez, C Yolmer Sanchez, 3B
9 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Adam Engel, CF
SP Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP Carlos Rodon, LHP