In response to RedSoxFireman's comment:
Ortiz, Middlebrooks and Nava and Lavarnway are the only Red Sox players with good numbers against Verlander. Bogaerts has never face him, so please get the embarrassing Stephen Drew on the bench, his 2012 and 2013 playoff numbers are disgraceful.
Ryan Lavarnway isn't on the roster, and neither is Bradley. Mike Carp is batting zero against Verlander, with a .167 OPS. Maybe fake an accident and look for a playoff roster change loophole.
Lineup needs to be:
Ellsbury CF .587 OPS (Please play the game like Hunter and give some effort on the field)
Nava LF 1.167 OPS
Ortiz DH 1.174 OPS 2 Homers
Middlebrooks 3B 1.000 OPS
Pedroia 2B .161 OPS 1 for 18 with 1 BB v. Verlander
Napoli 1B .753 OPS
Bogaerts SS No history v. Verlander
Salty C .267 OPS
Shane RF .000 OPS in 6 PA v. Verlander
Manager John won't do it this way. He'll knee jerk Pedroia and Shane into 2 and 3, move Middlebrooks way down, and start the great fall legend, Stephen Drew.
Here are some numbers vs. Red Sox payroll ACE, John Lackey:
Austin Jackson CF .875 OPS
Tori Hunter RF .707 OPS 2 Homers against big John
Miguel Cabrera 3B 1.051 OPS 1 homer against big John the grinder and gutty starter
Prince Fielder 1B 1.111 OPS
Victor Martinez DH .928 OPS
Andy Dirks 1.300 OPS
Jose Iglesias 1.000 OPS
Alex Avila C .222 OPS
Omar Infante .624 OPS
I don't like these matchups for Game 3, unlike the Game 2 matchups that I liked much better for the Red Sox.
What I find funny is when I was calling to sign Hunter a year ago, you called him a washed up old man who was nothing more than a PT player, 4th OF profile, should retire and all that. I believe you called him a racist too. Now your singing his praises about how he plays the game to attempt to make Ells look bad?