Perhaps the Sox have reached the point where the players who are filling in for the injured starters are now playing at a level more like their career averages. Players like Mike Aviles, Will Middlebrooks, Scott Podsednik and Ryan Sweeney are not producing quite as much as they were in May. The time has come where we need the injured players to start coming back and help this team win games. Players like Cody Ross, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford and Andrew Bailey can't get back soon enough for me. The hope is that once they do get back the team can get on a role.
I'm tired of talking about Jon Lester's (3-4, 4.64) need to step up, so I'll just say that the team needs to win today and they're going to need to score about 6 runs to do so. They will try to do that against Jordan Zimmerman (3-5, 2.82) who has an excellent era but has not received great support resulting in his 3-5 record. Here is a look at a projected lineup that may face the Nationals today.
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