Currently Lackey has a 5.25 ERA and a 2-2 record. He appears to be having a lot more trouble with righties and getting outs once the count gets to 2-1. Regardless of these recent struggles, I have a feeling Lackey will be on tonight. Hopefully, he has better luck getting out Ellsbury and McCann tonight as they both lit him up last time out.
While I would love to see Pineda have an off night and completely implode on the mound, I'm expecting more of the same. He appears to be one of those guys that when "he is right, he is right and when he is wrong is wrong". While Red Sox teams of the past were great at getting to guys, I'm not really feeling it from this team right now. Maybe I'll be wrong and this will be the game where the bats are awake early in the game and not after they shut down the beer lines.
Last time we faced Pineda, Daniel Nava was the one player who had remote success when he hit a late inning home run off of him. Of course Nava will not be in tonight's lineup because he was optioned to the PawSox in exchange for some pitching depth (RHP Alex Wilson).
Pineda currently has no visible hiccups in his game other than when his pitch count gets up there. Even still, players are not hitting him well late in the game. Pineda has been really tough on whoever bats second this season. In his three starts he has yet to yield a hit, walk or RBI to whoever is batting second. Hopefully, Pedroia can change all that tonight.
While it won't happen, I think it would be hilarious if all the players wrote on their throwing hands with sharpie to make it look like the magic dirt Pineda had on his hand last time.
- Sizemore, RF
- Pedroia, 2B
- Ortiz, DH
- Napoli, 1B
- Carp, LF
- Pierzynski, C
- Bogaerts, SS
- Holt, 3B
- Bradley Jr., CF