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Red Sox Vs. Brewers Lineups: Jon Lester, Boston Face Milwaukee

Jon Lester gets the start as the Red Sox go for the series win against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second game of a three-game weekend set at 7:10 p.m. EDT on Saturday night at Fenway Park (TV/Radio: NESN/WEEI).

Here's the lineup for the Red Sox on Saturday night.

Boston Red Sox (42-27)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Darnell McDonald, LF
  7. Marco Scutaro, SS
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Mike Cameron, RF
Starting Pitcher: Jon Lester, LHP (9-2, 3.73 ERA)

Milwaukee Brewers (39-32)

  1. Rickie Weeks, DH
  2. Corey Hart, RF
  3. Ryan Braun, LF
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Casey McGehee, 3B
  6. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
  7. Josh Wilson, 2B
  8. Carlos Gomez, CF
  9. George Kottaras, C

Starting Pitcher: Randy Wolf, LHP (4-4, 3.20 ERA)

 

Pitching Matchup Analysis (from Ben Buchanan): Somehow the Red Sox have a seemingly unfavorable matchup even in the game they're most likely to win thanks to Jon Lester's inflated ERA. After his eight innings of dominance against the Jays, though, it's hard to take Lester's numbers at face value, and a lot easier to remember the ace tht he's been for the team these past three years.

The big problem, though, is that the Brewers are not the Jays when it comes to hitting the cutter. While the Jays have some of the least success in the league against the pitch, the Brewers rank second only to the Astros in their ability to kill Lester's primary offering.

The good news is that Randy Wolf isn't exactly the ideal Fenway pitcher with his high fly ball rates and low strikeout totals. The (other) bad news, however, is that he's a lefty, and one who has proven quite adept at getting like-handed batters out over the course of his career. They are also likely to get rather fewer fastballs than they are used to, which is unfortunate given that they're quite good at making those pitches leave the park.

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