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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineup: Ryan Weber takes the mound as Sox return home

The Red Sox are looking for their second straight win.

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Riding high off their first shutout of the season, Ron Roenicke gives us his first repeat lineup of the year. Three days ago against the Rays, this lineup scratched together one run off eight hits, three of them being for extra bases.

People aren’t going to be happy about Benintendi leading off again but my question to those people is: who else should be leading off? Kevin Pillar has a sub-.300 career OBP and Jose Peraza’s isn’t much better. Sure, Benintendi has been swinging a toothpick but it’s been 39 plate appearances. Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez, and Xander Bogaerts are much better deployed at the impact spots in the lineup where they currently reside. That leaves Benintendi as the man for the job.

If you’re freaking out over Benny’s start to the season, I implore you to read about Voro’s Law. If you don’t want to read about it, essentially it states that any Major League player is capable of hitting anything over 60 plate appearances. People are just noticing this more because it’s at the beginning of the season and the stat line pops out. Just relax, Benintendi will be fine. If he’s still hitting like this in three weeks, you’ll have something to be gripe about.

Ryan Weber and his 11.57 ERA take the mound tonight in what might be his last chance to stick on the major-league roster. He survived the cut down to 28 players and none of the options behind him are necessarily preferable, but at some point a line must be drawn.

Game 13 vs. Blue Jays

Lineup spot Blue Jays Red Sox
Lineup spot Blue Jays Red Sox
1 Cavan Biggio, 2B (L) Andrew Benintendi, LF (L)
2 Bo Bichette, SS (R) Rafael Devers, 3B (L)
3 Lourdes Gurriel Jr., LF (R) JD Martinez, DH (R)
4 Rowdy Tellez, DH (L) Xander Bogaerts, SS (R)
5 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B (R) Mitch Moreland, 1B (L)
6 Randal Grichuk, CF (R) Christian Vázquez, C (R)
7 Travis Shaw, 3B (L) Alex Verdugo, RF (L)
8 Teoscar Hernandez, RF (R) Jackie Bradley Jr., CF (L)
9 Danny Jansen, C (R) José Peraza, 2B (R)
SP Tanner Roark, RHP Ryan Weber, RHP