Red Sox Vs. Mets Lineups: Alex Verdugo Returns; Nick Pivetta To Face Jacob deGrom

Verdugo sat out the last two games


April 28, 2021

Boston Red Sox batters certainly have their work cut out for them against the New York Mets.

The Red Sox will face the stiffest of tests when they conclude their two-game series against the New York Mets on Wednesday at Citi Field. Mets ace Jacob deGrom, the National League Cy Young Award winner in 2018 and 2019, will take the mound for New York amid what’s shaping up to be another stellar season.

The Red Sox receive a boost with the return of Alex Verdugo, who sat out Boston’s last two games as a precaution against injuring his hamstring. He’ll bat second and replace Hunter Renfroe in right field.

Verdugo’s return pushes Rafael Devers back to his customary fifth spot in the Red Sox batting order. Devers leads the major leagues in barrels this season with 15 and he’s third in barrels percentage with 23.8, according to Baseball Savant.

Nick Pivetta is the starting pitcher for the Red Sox. He pitched well in his last outing, going six innings while allowing one hit and two earned runs Thursday during Boston’s 7-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners. He’ll have to remain on his game to beat deGrom and the Mets.

Here are the lineups for Wednesday’s game. NESN will broadcast it on television and Watch NESN Live will stream it online. Pregame coverage will begin at 5:30 p.m. ET. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m.

RED SOX (15-9)
Enrique Hernandez, CF
Alex Verdugo, RF
J.D. Martinez, LF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Rafael Devers, 3B
Christian Vazquez, C
Marwin Gonzalez, 2B
Bobby Dalbec, 1B
Nick Pivetta, P

Nick Pivetta, RHP (2-0 3.48 ERA)

METS (9-9)
Brandon Nimmo, CF
Francisco Lindor, SS
Pete Alonso, 1B
Michael Conforto, RF
J.D. Davis, 3B
Dominic Smith, LF
Jeff McNeil, 2B
James McCann, C
Jacob deGrom, P

Jacob deGrom, RHP (2-1 0.31 ERA)

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