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Red Sox vs. Astros lineup: We (may) have a problem

The Sox have looked tepid against Houston, but tonight’s pitching matchup gives reasons for hope.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
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The Red Sox try once again to solve the problem that is the Houston Astros tonight at Fenway Park (7:10 p.m., NESN) behind red-hot Nathan Eovaldi.

Eovaldi’s last time out, he went six strong against the Yankees, giving up two runs. In the words of Tim Curry in Clue, an old movie for olds, “I know because I was there.” I cannot tell you how great it was to be there, just as I cannot tell you how great it would be for the Sox to avoid the whips and scorns of Houston for once tonight, but you get the idea. The bright side for Sox fans is that Jake Odorizzi, who lasted three innings last time out against Boston, is not as good as he once was. If the odds were ever in our favor, it’s tonight.

Alex Verdugo is out of the lineup tonight, which isn’t ideal, nor is Danny Santana playing first and hitting the leadoff spot, but all of these things are happening nonetheless, as is Xander Bogaerts DHing, with Marwin Gonzalez manning short. Also Kiké Hernández has finally fulfilled his destiny, and is batting ninth, not that he’s any worse than Santana, but still.

The Astros also have a lineup. You can see it here:

Game 62 vs. Astros

Lineup spot Astros Red Sox
Lineup spot Astros Red Sox
1 José Altuve, 2B Danny Santana, 1B
2 Carlos Correa, SS Rafael Devers, 3B
3 Alex Bregman, 3B J.D. Martinez, LF
4 Yordan Álvarez, LF Xander Bogaerts, DH
5 Yuli Gurriel, 1B Hunter Renfroe, RF
6 Michael Brantley, DH Marwin Gonzalez, SS
7 Kyle Tucker, RF Christian Arroyo, 2B
8 Myles Straw, CF Christian Vázquez, C
9 Garrett Stubbs, C Kiké Hernández, CF
SP Jake Odorizzi, RHP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP