From Houston, Mike Vega reports this will be the lineup tomorrow:
That’s a proactive Opening Day lineup by Terry Francona as J.D. Drew sits against C.J. Wilson. Drew is 1 for 6 against Wilson. Cameron is 0 for 3 but at least is righthanded. Lefties hit .144 with a .400 OPS (yes, .400) against Wilson last season.
Had Francona really had game-planned against the lefty, he could have done something like this:
But Opening Day does mean something to certain players and it can be best to put people where they would normally be. But if this was Wilson on July 1 instead of April 1, you’d probably see all the righthanded hitters in there. The guy is death on lefties.