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But Can He Pitch?



Updated: 2017-05-26T17:00:02-04:00

 



Red Sox vs. Mariners lineup: Pedroia sits, Benintendi bats second for E-Rod

2017-05-26T17:00:02-04:00

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Yovani Gallardo, who is best known for giving up a lot runs, often, starts for Seattle.

The Red Sox (25-21) look to win their fifth straight game when they host the disappointing Seattle Mariners (21-27) tonight at Fenway Park (7:10 p.m., NESN).

Apparently terrible baserunner Dustin Pedroia will sit out with a knee injury, with Josh Rutledge playing second base and batting sixth. As you learned from the headline, Andrew Benintendi moves up to second in the batting order and will play left field, with Jackie Bradley Jr. playing center and batting seventh.

The increasingly wonderful Eduardo Rodriguez (3.10 ERA) will face off against a lineup that, as site manager Matt Collins wrote in the series preview, has been disappointing, but figures to be better after Robinson Cano recently returned from the Disabled List. He’s followed in the heart of the order by Nelson Cruz, who is forever a home run waiting to happen.

Journeyman Yovani Gallardo (5.84 ERA) starts for Seattle and should struggle against this theoretically potent Red Sox lineup... if John Farrell knows what’s right for him, that is. Those times he makes Boston’s players not hit the ball? Dumb, imho. Speaking of which, if you haven’t yet seen the first measurement of Friday Fire Farrell Index, please do so and leave a comment about how stupid I am.

Okay, okay, enough foreplay. It’s Memorial Day weekend! You made it. So did Farrell. Here are the full lineups:




Game of Thrones night, not winter, coming to Fenway Park this summer

2017-05-26T16:00:02-04:00

The mad ace Pedro Martinez? If you’re like a lot of people these days you’ve marked July 16th on your calendar for the return of Game of Thrones. With just two seasons left fans are at a fever pitch wondering how the story will end. The Red Sox feel your pain. On July 18th, it’s time to visit Westeros Fenway. Courtesy of MLB/Boston Red Sox Game of Thrones night wouldn’t be complete without an opponent from a frozen wasteland: the Toronto Blue Jays! With their Canadian quirks selling milk in a bag and eating doughnuts (actually Tim Horton’s is just as awesome as it sounds) the Jays will face off against House Red Sox, surely the Starks at the rate players end up...on the disabled list. Actually, the Blue Jays might fit that aspect better but who’s counting? For all intents and purposes Chris Sale is the Young Wolf. Ticket packages purchased through this special offer will include a Ser Andrew Benintendi bobblehead. Be there to help us Defend The Wall against the Toronto Blue Jays! He may not be on the Red Sox anymore but the resemblance between Clay Buchholz and Theon Greyjoy is uncanny. "Your name is Clay Buchholz, last remaining pitcher from the 2007 World Series Team!""REEK! MY NAME IS REEK!" pic.twitter.com/A1kHUYh4YE— SoxDaddy (@SoxDaddy) May 21, 2016 After that, the bats started to go cold out of nowhere. They went down 1-2-3 in both the fourth and the fifth. In the sixth, with the Rangers bullpen now handling duties on the mound, Boston got their first two runners on before a double play and a strikeout killed a potential rally. They finally got going again when Deven Marrero — yes, Deven Marrero — hit a two-run home run in the eighth. It was okay, though. Just like the offense had picked up the pitching in the first couple games of this series, the bullpen was here to take over for Pomeranz on Thursday. The seventh started with Heath Hembree, who got two strikeouts to start the frame before handing it off the Robby Scott, who finished it off with another strikeout. Matt Barnes handled a laborious 1-2-3 eighth before Craig Kimbrel came in to shut things down once again in the ninth with a four-strikeout inning.* *I think it was a four strikeout inning. The first strikeout might be ruled a hit by pitch even though Nomar Mazara clearly swung and missed? I don’t know. You had to be there. Assuming they call it a strikeout, it was also the 20th strikeout for Red Sox pitchers on the night. Unfortunately, there was a piece of bad news in this game as well. Before the sixth inning got underway, Pedroia was pulled and Josh Rutledge entered in his place. The team would later announce that Farrell pulled the second baseman for precautionary reasons after he felt soreness in his knee. As of this writing, that’s all we know. As long as Pedroia isn’t seriously injured, this was an all-around positive night for the Red Sox. Pomeranz was lights out, the bullpen didn’t blink and even on a quiet night the offense did enough. That Bogaerts’ first home run came on Thursday also helped. Boston got a much-needed sweep and will look to carry the momentum into the weekend series against Seattle. BOX [...]