The 2023 season has been full of ups and downs for the Boston Red Sox.
They managed to climb out of last place in the American League East, but have now lost two consecutive games.
The Sox own a record of 51-46 and are just 2.5 games out in the Wild Card race.
After dropping a series to the woeful Oakland Athletics, they are set to take on the New York Mets over the weekend.
On Twitter, Red Sox writer Chris Cotillo revealed what the team’s pitching plan is for this weekend’s three-game set against the Mets and who will start in each of the three games.
Red Sox announce Kutter Crawford will start Friday, James Paxton will go Saturday. Sunday is TBD (Pivetta bulk day).
So Paxton and Crawford are flipped.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) July 20, 2023
According to Cotillo, the Red Sox will start right-hander Kutter Crawford on Friday.
He and left-hander James Paxton have been flipped in the rotation, and the veteran lefty will get the start for the Red Sox on Saturday instead.
Sunday’s pitching plans are still yet to be confirmed, though it appears that the Red Sox will go with a bullpen game in the series finale.
Nick Pivetta is expected to pitch the bulk of that game.
However, it has not been determined when the right-hander will pitch.
Earlier this season, the Red Sox moved him to the bullpen after he struggled as a starter.
Friday and Saturday’s pitching plans are much more clear, with Crawford and Paxton set to take the mound.
The Red Sox will look to bounce back after their series loss in Oakland with the Mets now in town for the upcoming weekend series.NEXT: MLB Insider Thinks Red Sox Should Buy At Trade Deadline