Updated Red Sox World Series Game 4 lineup: Shane Victorino scratched; David Ross replaces Jarrod Saltalamacchia
|10.27.13 at 4:42 pm ET|
ST. LOUIS — One day after manager John Farrell said that the Red Sox might consider having David Ross start at catcher in place of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, he elected to use a lineup featuring just such a substitution. Ross is behind the plate to catch for starter Clay Buchholz, the first time this postseason that Ross has been paired with Buchholz. He’s started three games with Jon Lester on the mound and one with John Lackey pitching, amassing an offensive line of .308/.357/.462 in 15 plate appearances while helping the pitching staff to go 3-1 while yielding an average of 2.25 runs per game in his starts. Saltalamacchia, meanwhile, is hitting .188/.257/.219 with 19 strikeouts in 35 plate appearances in October. The Sox are 5-4 in the games where he’s been behind the plate.
Otherwise, the lineup is unchanged from Game 3, with Stephen Drew once again starting at shortstop, Xander Bogaerts at third base, David Ortiz at first and Mike Napoli on the bench.
UPDATE: The Red Sox scratched right fielder Shane Victorino, originally slated to bat second, from the starting lineup due to what the team described as lower back tightness. Daniel Nava, who was originally batting fifth and playing left, will instead bat second and play right, with Jonny Gomes entering the lineup in the fifth spot.
Victorino is hitting .188 with a .304 OBP and .271 slugging mark in the postseason with 14 strikeouts and one walk (along with a postseason record-setting seven HBPs in 57 plate appearances). In nine games since the start of the ALCS, he’s hitting .088/.184/.206. Gomes, meanwhile, is hitting .152/.200/.212 in 35 postseason plate appearances and 0-for-8 in the World Series. The question of offensive productivity in the batter’s box notwithstanding, the swap of Victorino for Gomes (whom the Sox felt was not as good a defender as Nava) diminishes the Sox’ defensive range in the outfield in a Busch Stadium outfield that is among the more expansive in baseball.
No member of the Cardinals roster has ever faced Buchholz, while the Sox have limited history with St. Louis starter Lance Lynn. For a complete look at the batter vs. starting pitcher matchups, click here. For comprehensive Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.
RED SOX LINEUP
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Shane Victorino, RF Daniel Nava, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, 1B
Daniel Nava, LF Jonny Gomes, LF
Xander Bogaerts, 3B
Stephen Drew, SS
David Ross, C
Clay Buchholz, SP
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