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Red Sox vs. Mets lineup: Will the goal line defense show up?

The Sox gotta start keeping teams to field goals to have any sort of chance.

MLB: New York Mets at Boston Red Sox
It’s not what you want.
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2020 is bad and the Red Sox are absolutely simpatico with the times. Their pitching is horrid, a national joke wrapped inside another joke inside a tragedy, and tonight Matt Hall gets the start.

Tonight Matt Hall gets the start.

Again, tonight Matt Hall gets the start.

Or, if you prefer: ToNiGhT mAtT hAlL gEtS tHe StArT.

I cannot believe this trash. It’s been four days and it feels like an eternity. If the season ended today, which is entirely possible, I would remember it as long and draining. It’s not just the games by any means — the Mookie Betts trade and the reverberations, particularly those coming from the vocal chords of Sam Kennedy, play as brown notes — but the games are very bad and do not help!

It also does not help that the Sox are being flushed by two franchises famous for self-immolation, but the Mets could legitimately be good. They are starting someone named David Peterson tonight, who has the benefit, to us, of not being named Jacob deGrom and therefore isn’t the best pitcher in baseball. He is apparently quite handsome, though, and might very well be good enough of the Sox can’t keep the Mets out of the end zone.

The handsome lefty leads to the Sox’s newest anti-lefty lineup, one that sees Andrew Benintendi still playing... but batting ninth! Oh no. José Peraza is batting leadoff, Kevin Pillar is in for Alex Verdugo and Kevin Plawecki is starting behind the plate, but that’s just for a Christian Vázquez off day. He’s earned it, especially with the number of days the pitchers have taken off.

The Mets roll out basically the same lineup except this one includes Red Sox legend and transitive property Cy Young winner Yoenis Céspedes at DH. He will almost certainly go deep. It gives me no pleasure to report this.

Game 5 vs. Mets

Lineup spot Mets Red Sox
Lineup spot Mets Red Sox
1 Amed Rosario, SS José Peraza, 2B
2 Pete Alonso, 1B JD Martinez, DH
3 Jeff McNeil, 3B Rafael Devers 3B
4 J.D. Davis, LF Xander Bogaerts, SS
5 Michael Conforto, RF Kevin Pillar, RF
6 Yoenis Céspedes, DH Michael Chavis, 1B
7 Robinson Canó, 2B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
8 Wilson Ramos, C Kevin Plawecki, C
9 Brandon Nimmo, CF Andrew Benintendi, LF
SP David Peterson, LHP Matt Hall, LHP