It gets a little easier to write these things up when you never have to worry about losing, huh?
The Boston Red Sox have a firm lead for the AL East Division title, sitting 10 games ahead of their arch rival New York Yankees. Tuesday night, they will start a quick two-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies, and will line up optimally.
Tonight in Philly. Betts CF, Benintendi LF, Moreland 1B, Martinez RF, Bogaerts SS, Devers 3B, Nunez 2B, Leon C, Slugger Porcello, RHP.— Ian Browne (@IanMBrowne) August 14, 2018
There are a few changes from the last few games with this lineup. The first notable thing here is that Xander Bogaerts
Jackie Bradley Jr. will not be in the starting lineup Tuesday night, the casualty to the DH rule that forces JD Martinez into the outfield. We'll certainly miss his route-running presence.
Here's how good Jackie Bradley Jr. is in CF: He got such an insane jump on a ball in the gap that when he missed a running catch, he got hit with an error.— David Adler (@_dadler) August 11, 2018
The catch probability was 6%.
He had to go 80 feet in 4.2 sec.
Most OFs don't get close enough to have the chance to miss.
The outfield of Betts, Martinez and Bentinedi will a group to watch out for, as they look for a victory against the Phillies. Philadelphia (65-52) is currently one game back against the Atlanta Braves (66-51) for the top spot in the NL East, so there are plenty more consequences on their end.