None of us can ever truly be prepared to see Trey Mancini play left field in Fenway Park, but we must all make our peace with that reality, for that's what we're going to get tonight. The "Why?" for this is simple: The Red Sox are starting one of their many lefties, Drew Pomeranz, and that means the righty outfielders get to play, even though Mancini isn't an outfielder.
What is the rationale? Perhaps the Orioles feel like the presence of the Green Monster will allow Mancini's lack of range to not be as much of an issue. Whether this is a good strategy or not remains to be seen. If they're really lucky, I suppose, Dylan Bundy will strike out so many Red Sox that it won't much matter who is in left field or anywhere else. I'm not holding my breath for that because I'm not convinced we're allowed to have nice things.
But perhaps the flu or whatever illness has run through the Red Sox will have them hampered enough that the Orioles will have a little edge tonight and tomorrow night. We will soon find out.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||BOSTON RED SOX|
|Craig Gentry - RF||Dustin Pedroia - 2B|
|Adam Jones - CF||Andrew Benintendi - CF|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Mookie Betts - RF|
|Mark Trumbo - DH||Hanley Ramirez - DH|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Mitch Moreland - 1B|
|Welington Castillo - C||Xander Bogaerts - SS|
|Trey Mancini - LF||Pablo Sandoval - 3B|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Chris Young - LF|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Christian Vazquez - C|
|Dylan Bundy - RHP||Drew Pomeranz - LHP|