Game 158: Red Sox at Rockies - Lackey opens quick trip to Denver

Ben Whitehead
Contributing Writer

The Boston Red Sox (95-62) have five games left to keep their American League best record. It starts with the final Interleague matchup against the Colorado Rockies (71-86). Some may argue that the Red Sox are at a disadvantage by being one of the few AL teams to have to go on the road to face an NL team, thus losing the DH in their lineup.

That’s OK. Boston has big aspirations that would include playing in another NL park later in October.

John Lackey gets the ball for the opener in Denver. He is coming off one of his best performances, a two-hit, one-run complete game against the Orioles. Lackey has consistently been one of the Sox best pitchers this year with a 3.44 ERA.

Here is the lineup for the Red Sox tonight (first pitch – 8:40 pm EDT):

1. Victorino, RF
2. Nava, LF
3. Pedroia, 2B
4. Ortiz, 1B
5. Saltalamacchia, C
6. Drew, SS
7. Middlebrooks, 3B
8. Bradley Jr., CF
9. Lackey, P

Rockies will start Tyler Chatwood, who is 7-5 with a respectable 3.36 ERA, considering he pitches in the thin air of Colorado.

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