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Red Sox Vs. Phillies Lineups: Adrian Gonzalez Starting In Right Field

Terry Francona has finally decided to pull the trigger, sending Adrian Gonzalez into right field in order to get both his and David Ortiz' bat into the lineup.

The Red Sox have been struggling to push runs across the plate in their last four games, at first due to stranded baserunners, and then most recently thanks to the dominant start of Cliff Lee, who held them to two hits in a complete game shutout. Now, they hope that adding David Ortiz to the lineup in place of any of their various unproductive right fielders will give them the needed push to return to the high-scoring ways that let them start the month 14-3.

Boston Red Sox (45-33) 

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, RF
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  5. David Ortiz, 1B
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  7. Josh Reddick, LF
  8. Marco Scutaro, SS
  9. John Lackey, SP

The Phillies, however, were perfectly happy with their five runs against Josh Beckett, but will give Carlos Ruiz the night off behind the place.

Philadelphia Phillies (50-30)

  1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
  2. Placido Polanco, 3B
  3. Chase Utley, 2B
  4. Ryan Howard, 1B
  5. Shane Victorino, CF
  6. Raul Ibanez, LF
  7. Dominic Brown, RF
  8. Brian Schneider, C
  9. Vance Worley, P

Pitching Matchup: John Lackey (5-6, 7.36 ERA) vs. Vance Worley (2-1, 2.83 ERA)

That the Sox are bringing Ortiz into the lineup for John Lackey's start might not be too surprising, really. After establishing a little bit of good will with his first three starts off the DL--each of them wins--Lackey threw it all away when he was smacked around by the Padres for five runs in under four innings. Of course, with the added offense comes a much weaker defense on the right side. Anything hit in that direction that's not a routine out will be trouble, and even the routine outs could be problematic. 

Not that Lackey has induced that many routine outs this year...

Vance Worley may seem to have been something of a revelation for the Phillies in the rotation so far, allowing just one run over 11 innings, but he's really the same thing Alfredo Aceves was for the Sox back at the end of May. Worley's typically strong control has either left him in the majors, or he's been afraid to put the ball in the zone. With a great many lefties in the lineup for the Sox, it's hard to imagine he'll be able to utilize his slider, which is his one really good pitch. Instead, he'll have to rely on an underwhelming fastball - changeup combo which the Sox should be able to do something with if they're not thrown off by unfamiliarity. 

Worley could keep the Sox down for the first trip through the lineup, but it would certainly be surprising to see him do so for much longer.