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Red Sox at Angels lineup: One for the road?

The Sox play their final game out west before the All-Star Break this afternoon behind Eduardo Rodriguez.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Oakland Athletics
He’s on one, people!
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The Red Sox look to leave California on a high note as they look to take the series against the Angels behind Eduardo Rodriguez (4:07 p.m., NESN, MLBN out-of-market).

Unfortunately for Boston, Nate Eovaldi wasn’t able to outduel Shohei Ohtani in Tuesday night’s game, meaning the Sox are looking to escape Orange County with a winning record in a battle of pitchers who have struggled this year despite decent-to-good peripherals. E-Rod has started to turn his season around, going six scoreless innings against Oakland last time out, bringing his ERA down to 5.42—still a full two runs or so below FanGraphs’s FIPpy projections. Andrew Heaney, the Angels’ starter, comes into the game with a 5.40 ERA and underlying stats that suggest he’s about a single run better, which means the Sox are clearly going to win 4.4-3.4. Hooray!

Unfortunately, they will not take my word for it and are playing the game anyway, and to help them win they are trotting out the standard big boy lineup. Nothing much to report except that Danny Santana is not playing, which I figure people want to hear at this point.

On the Angels side, the pitcher is no longer hitting second, which stinks, because I don’t think Heaney is exactly Ohtani out there. Oh well. Let’s end this trip on a nice note, shall we?

Game 87 at Angels

Lineup spot Red Sox Angels
Lineup spot Red Sox Angels
1 Kiké Hernández, CF David Fletcher, 2B
2 Alex Verdugo, LF Shohei Ohtani, DH
3 J.D. Martinez, DH Jared Walsh, 1B
4 Xander Bogaerts, SS Phil Gosselin, LF
5 Rafael Devers, 3B José Iglesias, SS
6 Hunter Renfroe, RF Kurt Suzuki, C
7 Christian Arroyo, 2B Taylor Ward, RF
8 Christian Vázquez, C Juan Lagares, CF
9 Bobby Dalbec, 1B Luis Rengifo, 3B
SP Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP Andrew Heaney, LHP