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Red Sox at Angels lineup: I hope David Price got some sleep

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He’d be the only one.

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The cap will be the regular colors now, thanks.
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The Red Sox (73-63), stopped cold in their recent surge by last night’s disastrous eighth inning, will look to end the road trip on a representatively positive note when they face the Angels (65-72) behind David Price (7-5, 4.36 ERA) today at 4:07 Eastern in Orange County.

Well fuck, right? It is not fun to play — and certain less fun to watch! — a 15 inning game in which a team wins by 6 runs, and it’s not your team. Thankfully momentum is “the next day’s starting pitcher,” or it was before the whole opener business. We’ll have to revisit that adage, huh? Well anyway it’s Price, who’s a normal starter, albeit not a normal one, I don’t think. I like weirdos and mean that as a compliment, but I would like Price to not be weird today, and to pitch the Sox to victory. It’s his first start since August 4th though, so who knows what’s going to happen? Five and a half back of the wild-card on September 1 is doable, provided they start, like, now. As usual, I vote for that.

As for the lineup itself, I have to confess that I sort of wrote this team off and west coast trips in late August were bred to be ignored by the fathers of young children, so I’ve missed the latest goings on. Gorkys Hernández? I like it, even if Sam Travis is prominently involved. Sorry Sam, I love u. Other than the the normal guys are in the normal places.

I also see the Angels still have Mike Trout. Andrew Heaney (stats I should have looked up/new gag needed for this spot probably) starts for the Angels, but he’s not Mike Trout. The Angels also took forever to release the lineups, thereby giving the impression that my post was late, but it was not in fact late, and for that reason I shall not add any further commentary, even if they trot out a starting nine consisting of nine former zombified presidents. Actually that feels way more like punishing me.

Okay, they just came out. I lied. David Fletcher? GTFO. The AL West is wild. Also this: Albert Pujols debuted the year after I graduated from college. I’m 41. Time passes! To the lineups!

Game 137 at Angels

Lineup spot Red Sox Angels
Lineup spot Red Sox Angels
1 Mookie Betts, RF David Fletcher, 3B
2 Rafael Devers, 3B Mike Trout, CF
3 Xander Bogaerts, SS Brian Goodwin, LF
4 J.D. Martinez, DH Albert Pujols, 1B
5 Sam Travis, 1B Justin Upton, DH
6 Andrew Benintendi, LF Kole Calhoun, RF
7 Christian Vázquez, C Andrelton Simmons, SS
8 Brock Holt, 2B Luis Rengifo, 2B
9 Gorkys Hernández, CF Max Stassi, C
SP David Price, LHP Andrew Heaney, LHP