Saturday, April 18, 2015

'Missing Mookie' In Today's Tilt Against Orioles

Many Red Sox fans will be Desperately Seeking Mookie as they peruse the starting lineups today at Fenway Park. Mookie Betts, the dynamic budding superstar of The Carmine Hose, is riding the bench today—by Manager John Farrell's decision. Betts has poor numbers against today's Baltimore starter (Chris Tillman), while his replacement, Brock Holt, has a .600 career mark against the O's hurler. On the year so far, Holt is hitting an astounding .533, while Mookie (despite hitting the ball well) is only batting .209. No injuries. No benching. Just some rest against a tough pitcher for Betts. Here is today's full lineup: Holt, CF; Dustin Pedroia, 2B; Hanley Ramirez, LF; David Ortiz, DH; Pablo Sandoval, 3B; Mike Napoli, 1B; Shane Victorino, RF; Xander Bogaerts SS; Ryan Hanigan, C. Clay Buchholz will take to the hill for Boston.