DETROIT — When Red Sox manager John Farrell suggests he will do something, he usually does. So Jonny Gomes is starting in left field Tuesday against a righthander. Oh, and it's Justin Verlander.
Gomes is 0 for 9 in his career against Verlander, but Daniel Nava is only 1 for 3, so it's not as if Farrell is going against convention all that much.
“You can make an argument that if [Verlander] is on, you can take all the matchups and throw them out the window,” Farrell said. “But we have seen that whether it’s coming off the bench or whether it’s in a starting role, Jonny’s in the middle of things when we’re getting things done.
“That’s not being demeaning or trying to not recognize what Daniel Nava’s done for us this year. But given how we anticipate the way Verlander is going to throw, I like this matchup.”
Righthanded batters have actually hit better against Verlander (.275/.327/.412) this season than lefthanded batters (.237/.307/.351).
"Whether it's the consistency of a breaking ball going away from a righthander, whether there have been pitches that have leaked back to the middle of the plate that haven't stayed true to his glove side away from a righthander, those could be all reasons for it," Farrell said. "I can't go back into every one of his games and pinpoint a reason why."