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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Lineups: Time to stop the bleeding

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And to salvage a series split.

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The Red Sox have not been getting the pitching they need to be getting if they want to stay in contention, to say the least. There has been speculation as to why that may be the case, especially with the timing, but the why is less important than just stopping it. They need to get back in the win column, stop this downward momentum, and salvage a split in this four-game set against the Blue Jays.

That will all start with their starting pitching, and on Monday that means Nathan Eovaldi. The righty gets the ball for the Red Sox, and he’s looking to find some consistency in a rotation desperately searching for just that. Eovaldi has had some strong moments this season, but he’s also had hiccups every now and then to throw him off. He allowed five runs last time out against the Astros, and now is looking to make that a blip on the radar. The bullpen behind him should be somewhat rested as well, with Ryan Weber (who was just designated for assignment) picking up most of the slack on Sunday with Marwin Gonzalez and Christian Arroyo each contributing as well.

On the other side, the Blue Jays send out one of their top prospects in the recently-promoted Alek Manoah. The young righty has gotten his career off to a good start with a 3.14 ERA through three starts, striking out 16 in 14 13 innings. He can miss bats, but there are also some control issues that the Red Sox should be looking to take advantage of. Going up against him they’ll have their normal crew, with Alex Verdugo in right today, Gonzalez in left, and Christian Arroyo at second.

Full lineups are below:

Game 67 vs. Blue Jays

Lineup Spot Blue Jays Red Sox
Lineup Spot Blue Jays Red Sox
1 Marcus Semien, 2B Kiké Hernández, CF
2 Bo Bichette, SS Alex Verdugo, RF
3 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., DH J.D Martinez, DH
4 Teoscar Hernández, RF Xander Bogaerts, SS
5 Randal Grichuk, CF Rafael Devers, 3B
6 Rowdy Tellez, 1B Christian Vázquez, C
7 Lourdes Gurriel Jr., LF Christian Arroyo, 2B
8 Cavan Biggio, 3B Marwin Gonzalez, LF
9 Reese McGuire, C Bobby Dalbec, 1B
SP Alek Manoah, RHP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP