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Red Sox vs. Cardinals lineups: Worst to first

The Sox finish their run against bottom feeders with a series against the NL Central-leading Cardinals.

Oakland Athletics v Boston Red Sox
Just Dug it.
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The Red Sox look to return atop the horse against their World Series rival St. Louis Cardinals tonight behind former Cardinal Michael Wacha (7:10 p.m., NESN).

After the twin Sox and Celtics losses yesterday, another loss today would just be cruel, so we should avoid that. We can only take so much pain with our incredible success! Hopefully Wacha and his 2.33 ERA can get the train back on track against a Cardinals team that, naturally sits atop the N.L. Central. The reason why is Paul Goldschmidt, who’s been the best hitter in baseball this year by far, though it should be noted, this being a Red Sox blog, that Rafael Devers is in the top 5 in many of these metrics. Still, Goldschmidt is having a no-doubt MVP season thus far.

The Red Sox lineup you know. Adam Wainwright you also probably know. The rest of the Cardinals you may or may not know but Nolan Gorman and Dylan Carlson are the relatively new ones and are very good. Now you definitely know. Onward!

Game 65: Red Sox vs. Cardinals

Lineup spot Cardinals Red Sox
Lineup spot Cardinals Red Sox
1 Tommy Edman, SS Jarren Duran, CF
2 Brendan Donovan, 2B Rafael Devers, 3B
3 Paul Goldschmidt, 1B J.D. Martinez, DH
4 Nolan Arenado, 3B Xander Bogaerts, SS
5 Nolan Gorman, DH Alex Verdugo, LF
6 Tyler O'Neill, LF Trevor Story, 2B
7 Dylan Carlson, RF Franchy Cordero, 1B
8 Harrison Bader, CF Christian Vázquez, C
9 Andrew Knizer, C Jackie Bradley Jr., RF
SP Adam Wainwright, RHP Michael Wacha, RHP