fenway parkNow that the sports world can forget about soccer for another four years (which I intend as a jab not at soccer, but at the way folks seem to get so into it, and then totally let it go just as quickly) …

Good luck, Edwin Jackson. You’ve got the unenviable duty of following up one of the Cubs’ best pitching performances of the year. I’d settle for a quality start.

The Red Sox will be offering up their own disappointing pitcher tonight, as Clay Buchholz isn’t tapping into the very significant promise he showed early in his career, or in his short-term bounce-back year in 2013.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (35-46) at Boston Red Sox (38-45), 6:10 CT on CSN.

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Starting Pitchers

Edwin Jackson (5.22 ERA, 3.91 FIP, 3.82 xFIP; 2.18 K/BB)


Clay Buchholz (6.75 ERA, 5.24 FIP, 4.81 xFIP; 1.71 K/BB)

Red Sox Lineup

1. Brock Holt, LF

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Mike Napoli, 1B

5. A.J. Pierzynski, C

6. Xander Bogaerts, 3B

7. Stephen Drew, SS

8. Mookie Betts, RF

9. Jackie Bradley, Jr., CF

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Chris Coghlan, LF

2. Ryan Sweeney, DH

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Starlin Castro, SS

5. Luis Valbuena, 3B

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Nate Schierholtz, RF

8. Justin Ruggiano, CF

9. Darwin Barney, 2B