Jon Lester will take to the hill Tuesday for the Boston Red Sox to take on Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers. This is a great challenge for the Red Sox, a day after another excellent start by John Lackey that saw the Red Sox score no runs for him again.
The Red Sox will not be rolling out their best lineup against the 19-1 Scherzer, instead the lineup is as follows:
1) Shane Victorino – CF
2) Daniel Nava – RF
3) Dustin Pedroia – 2B
4 David Ortiz – DH
5) Mike Carp – 1B
6) Jonny Gomes – LF
7) Stephen Drew – SS
8) David Ross – C
9) Will Middlebrooks – 3B
Jacoby Ellsbury is getting the day off to rest a sore thumb. Shane Victorino has been great defensively for the Red Sox this year, but he has been less than successful against right handed pitchers at the plate. In fact, during the recent West Coast road trip, due to a tight hamstring, the switch hitting Victorino batted right handed against righty pitchers and was as successful as any other stretch this season.
Scherzer is looking to improve his record to an incredible 20-1, while Lester looks to secure his 13th win of the season.
The Tigers’ have not announced their lineup for today’s game, as they are waiting to see if Miguel Cabrera is healthy enough to play. But one thing is for sure; former Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias will be playing short in Fenway Tuesday night.
Iglesias has played very well since being traded to the Tigers in the deal that brought Jake Peavy to the Red Sox. He will certainly play a key role for the Tigers, a team that many see as the biggest threat to the Red Sox in the AL come playoff time.