Here are the announced Rays and Red Sox lineups and how they should be expected to perform versus the starting pitchers. The wOBA projections are regressed platoon splits calculated using ZiPS RoS projections (note: projections are from early September) and Bojan Koprivica's platoon research.
So the great debate is over. Joyce has not been kidnapped, his arm is not broken, he does not have a concussion. He just had a manager who (likely) played sub-optimally for a couple days.
Oh well, time to move on. This is a strong lineup to field in an elimination game. The Rays best bats, those able to withstand the platoon disadvantage and still be productive, are right-handed. Combine that with a few good platoon-lefties and it becomes a pretty scary bunch.
And this time, if Craig Breslow comes into the game, Delmon Young will be waiting for him.
The Red Sox:
Also a strong lineup. Ortiz against a righty is positively frightening. To be the best, you have to beat the best. May as well start now.
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