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Red Sox at Braves lineups: Does fortune favor the Nate?

The ace can make it two wins in a row for Boston tonight in (near) Atlanta.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
Our mans.
Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox can win a second straight game for the first time in what feels like a year when they face the Atlanta Braves tonight behind Nathan Eovaldi (7:20 p.m., NESN).

This team is not out of the woods, and could be facing a difficult road ahead, but for right now, things are finally okay. Sometimes one win is really all it takes. But two wins? That would be something else! Fortunately, Eovaldi is on the mound, and the Garrett Whitlock-Nate the Great 1-2 punch is pretty neat for a team that looked to be short one of their two aces heading into the season. Instead, Whitlock has put up Chris Sale numbers and Eovaldi has actually improved. That’s good! The bad stuff has largely been everything else.

But enough negativity: A win’s a win, and tonight the Sox can get another one against a Braves lineup that’s missing MVP candidate Ronald Acuña Jr, who gets what appears to be a routine day off. The Sox lineup is identical to yesterday’s except for behind the dish, where Kevin Plawecki gets the start. Win!

Game 31 at Braves

Lineup spot Red Sox Braves
Lineup spot Red Sox Braves
1 Enrique Hernández, CF Dansy Swanson, SS
2 Rafael Devers, 3B Matt Olson, 1B
3 J.D. Martinez, DH Travis d'Arnaud, C
4 Xander Bogaerts, SS Austin Riley, 3B
5 Alex Verdugo, LF Marcell Ozuna, RF
6 Trevor Story, 2B Ozzie Albies, 2B
7 Franchy Cordero, 1B Adam Duvall, CF
8 Kevin Plawecki, C Orlando Arcia, DH
9 Jackie Bradley Jr., RF Travis Demeritte, RF
SP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP Ian Anderson, RHP