The Red Sox hit the West Coast as kings of the American League when they meet the A’s tonight behind resurgent Eduardo Rodriguez (9:40 p.m., NESN).
As with virtually every Red Sox player these days, things have been looking up for E-Rod after a brutally unlucky stretch during the spring. He’s good again now, which is good for obvious reasons. He’ll face off against (Red Sox legend!) Frankie Montas, who has had similarly bad luck despite decent peripherals, and who can, like E-Rod, bring it on any given night. It is our extremely well-considered opinion that Montas should not, in fact, bring it tonight, and we will communicate that to the Oakland organization, who we’d have to imagine would be receptive, the customer always being right and all.
As for the lineups, J.D. Martinez is off because... I don’t know? Anyhow, he’s not playing, which leads me to believe him, Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers will cycle through off days through the weekend. They’re in the lineup tonight, as are the usual suspects. The A’s have old friend Jed Lowrie in there and Frank Schwindel DHing and batting eighth, which is as A’s as anything, ever. Here are the full lineups:
Game 83 at A’s
|1||Kiké Hernández, CF||Ramon Laureano, CF|
|2||Alex Verdugo, LF||Elvis Andrus, SS|
|3||Xander Bogaerts, SS||Matt Olson, 1B|
|4||Rafael Devers, DH||Matt Chapman, 3B|
|5||Hunter Renfroe, RF||Chad Pinder, RF|
|6||Marwin Gonzalez, 3B||Jed Lowrie, 2B|
|7||Christian Vázquez, C||Sean Murphy, C|
|8||Danny Santana, 1B||Frank Schwindel, DH|
|9||Michael Chavis, 2B||Tony Kemp, LF|
|SP||Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP||Frankie Montas, RHP|