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Red Sox vs. Angels lineups: Is today the day it all turns around?

If so, it’ll happen against Noah Syndergaard and the Angels. If not, we’ll ask the same question tomorrow.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles
It’s not what we want.
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The Red Sox hope a little home cooking can get them point in the right direction behind Michael Wacha tonight at Fenway Park (7:10 p.m., NESN).

I was going to start this section—to indicate that the Sox cannot do baseball well these days—by saying “the hits just keep on coming,” but I quickly realized how bad it would sound. Yes, they scored some runs once Sunday’s game was restarted, but in general the Sox are just totally lifeless at the plate, being dominated by the likes of Jordan Lyles. Now they get friggin’ Thor himself, Noah Syndergaard, which means we can probably expect the likes of this:

The “good” news is that Wacha is on the mound, and his results have been good. The bad news is that they’ve also been kinda lucky. The worse news is that the Angels have Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, who collectively win all the MVP awards because they are good at baseball. So that’s a thing Wacha will have to contend with beyond just normal regression.

At the plate, the Red Sox have their mostly normal lineup out there for this one, with Franchy Cordero starting at first base against the right-handed Syndergaard, and Kevin Plawecki in for Christian Vázquez behind the plate.

Full lineups are below:

Game 24 vs. Angels

Lineup Spot Angels Red Sox
Lineup Spot Angels Red Sox
1 Taylor Ward, RF Trevor Story, 2B
2 Mike Trout, CF Rafael Devers, 3B
3 Shohei Ohtani, DH Xander Bogaerts, SS
4 Anthony Rendon, 3B J.D. Martinez, DH
5 Jared Walsh, 1B Alex Verdugo, LF
6 Jack Mayfield, LF Enrique Hernández, CF
7 Max Stassi, C Franchy Cordero, 1B
8 David Fletcher, 2B Kevin Plawecki, C
9 Andrew Velazquez, SS Jackie Bradley Jr., RF
SP Noah Syndergaard, RHP Michael Wacha, RHP