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RED SOX – ORIOLES SERIES PREVIEW

Two games into the series with the Rangers and it looked like disaster was about to strike. The Rangers came into Fenway and took the first two games of the series against the odds. However, the Red Sox pulled themselves together and managed to come out on top in the final two games. Now they head to Baltimore hoping to have another “get right” road series. 6/10 Eduardo Rodriguez vs. TBD 7:05 pm NESN 6/11 Chris Sale vs. Dylan Bundy (R) 4:05 pm NESN 6/12 TBD vs. John Means (L) 1:05 pm NESN NOTABLE NUMBERS PITCHERS Chris Sales numbers in his last two outings are simply incredible. The veteran left-hander has thrown a total of 16 innings without allowing an earned run to score. What makes it even more impressive is that in those two starts he has allowed a total of six hits and one walk, while striking out 22. He has now struck out 10 or more in eight of his last 10 starts, and has given up three or more earned runs in just two of those 10 starts. John Means has taken the majors by storm this season. The left-handed pitcher has a 2.60 ERA in his 15 games, including 11 starts. However, he has been especially good at home, allowing just six earned runs in 34 1/3 innings. Additionally, he has also had some...

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RED SOX – RANGERS SERIES PREVIEW

The weekend series against the Rays was a progress stopper. After sweeping the Royals last week, the Red Sox lost 3-of-4 in Fenway to drop seven games behind the Yankees and Rays in the division. The upcoming week presents another chance to string together some wins, and that starts with the Rangers in Fenway Park. 6/10 Chris Sale vs. Mike Minor (L) 7:10 pm NESN 6/11 TBD vs. Ariel Jurado (R) 7:10 pm NESN 6/12 Rick Porcello vs. Lance Lynn (R) 7:10 pm NESN 6/13 David Price vs. Adrian Sampson (R) 7:10 pm NESN NOTABLE NUMBERS PITCHERS Chris Sale threw a three-hit, 12 strikeout shut out in his last start in Kansas City. However, Sale has actually had most of his struggles at home this season. The left-handed pitcher has a 4.45 ERA in 28 1/3 innings at Fenway, compared to just a 3.49 ERA on the road. In contrast, both Rick Porcello and David Price has far superior numbers at home than on the road. If there was any pitcher of the three to bank on to turn their home form around it would be Sale. Mike Minor is demonstrating the talent that we all knew he had this season. The veteran left-hander has his career derailed by injuries but has fought hard to get himself back on track. This season he has a career-best 2.55 ERA as...

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RED SOX – RAYS SERIES PREVIEW

A get right trip to Kansas City now means that the Red Sox are on a run of four straight wins, putting them just 6.5 games behind the Yankees. They now return home for another tough week against some talented teams. The second-placed Tampa Bay Rays are first up this weekend. This weekend is a crowded one, with a double-header on Saturday, and a matchup with Blake Snell on Sunday. 6/7 Rick Porcello vs. Yonny Chirinos (R) 6:10 pm NESN 6/8 David Price vs. Ryan Yarbrough (L) 1:05 pm NESN 6/8 TBD vs. TBD 6:10 pm NESN 6/1 Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Blake Snell (L) 1:05 pm NESN NOTABLE NUMBERS PITCHERS The Rays rotation is so tough to analyze because it is an ever-changing beast. That is further complicated by both teams not knowing who will pitch in the second half of the doubleheader on Saturday. The one sure-fire starter is Blake Snell, who has a 3.66 ERA this season. However, 16 of his 27 earned runs have been given up on the road. Those road starts have been mixed, as he has shut down the Yankees in New York, but was then shelled by both the Royals and Tigers. In fact, 13 of those 16 road earned runs came in those two starts. It will be interesting to see which version of “Road Snell” Boston see this weekend. As...

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RED SOX – ROYALS SERIES PREVIEW

A tough series in New York topped off a tough couple of weeks for the Red Sox. Thanks to a win on Sunday night they are one game above .500 and kept themselves from falling another two games back. Failing to win the series was not great, but the fightback must start now. 5/30 Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Glenn Sparkman (R) 8:00 pm NESN 5/31 Chris Sale vs. Jakob Junis (R) 8:15 pm NESN 6/1 Rick Porcello vs. Danny Duffy (L) 1:15 pm NESN NOTABLE NUMBERS PITCHERS The Red Sox starting pitching is largely to blame for the losses in New York over the weekend. Chris Sale and Rick Porcello allowed four and five earned runs respectively, in their two starts. Of course, they are not the only ones to blame. The Red Sox offense scored a combined four runs in those two games. That is just simply not good enough to win a series on the road. The Royals Game 1 starter will be making just his third start of the season, and just the sixth of his career. Part of his role this season has been as an opener, but in this start, he will be serving more like a conventional starter. However, do not expect to see him go deeper than four or five innings. As for the other two starters in this series, they have had differing...

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RED SOX – YANKEES SERIES PREVIEW

As we expected, the last week has been a massive test for the Red Sox. Three games in Houston were immediately followed by a three game home stand against the Indians. Unfortunately, they have come away from those six games with a 2-4 record. Things are not about to get much easier as they travel to a Yankees team who are 28-9 in their last 37 games. 5/30 Chris Sale vs. J.A. Happ (L) 7:05 pm NESN 5/31 Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Domingo German (R) 7:05 pm NESN 6/1 Rick Porcello vs. TBD 7:15 pm NESN 6/2 David Price vs. Masahiro Tanaka (R) 2:10 pm ESPN NOTABLE NUMBERS PITCHERS After allowing just an average of three runs per game in Houston, the Red Sox allowed the Indians to score a whopping 26 runs in their three game home stand. Nine of those runs came off stand-in starter Ryan Weber, but the majority of the rest of the damage came off the bullpen. Porcello allowed five runs to score (three earned), with the remaining 12 runs being dealt to the pen. That is a major concern for a Red Sox team who have been fighting to get consistency from their starters for most of this season. After a rough last two games against the Indians the Yankees need to bounce back immediately. The good news is that Chris Sale has an...

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RED SOX – BLUE JAY SERIES PREVIEW

Only a second half rally in the final game against the Astros prevented the Red Sox being swept in the last series. With a return trip to Houston at the end of the week, the Red Sox will be hoping to pick up momentum with a series against the struggling Blue Jays 5/20 David Price vs. Edwin Jackson (R) 1:07 pm NESN 5/21 Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Marcus Stroman (R) 7:07 pm NESN 5/22 Rick Porcello vs. Aaron Sanchez (R) 7:07 pm NESN 5/23 Hector Velazquez vs. Ryan Feierabend (L) 7:07 pm NESN NOTABLE NUMBERS PITCHERS David Price’s return from the injured list is timed perfectly for the Red Sox. His return in the first game of this series gives him a tune up outing before he will be required to pitch in Houston over the weekend. In terms of ERA, Price has been the Red Sox best pitcher this season. In six starts, Price has a 1-2 record, a 3.75 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 36 innings. Additionally, both his FIP and xFIP this season are below his ERA, suggesting he is every bit worth his current numbers. It has been an interesting season for Marcus Stroman. The Blue Jays pitcher had a strong start to the season. In his first six starts Stroman had a 1.43 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings. However, in May he...

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RED SOX – ASTROS SERIES PREVIEW

After sweeping Seattle and then splitting the series with the Rockies, the Red Sox are looking at .500 in the rear view mirror. However, now the Red Sox embark on a huge part of their schedule. In their next five series they face the Astros home and away, square off with Cleveland at Fenway, then head to New York. This series against the Astros could lay a marker for how the coming weeks might shape up. 5/18 Rick Porcello vs. Gerrit Cole (R) 7:10 pm NESN 5/19 Hector Velazquez vs. Corbin Martin (R) 7:15 pm NESN 5/20 Chris Sale vs. Brad Peacock (R) 1:05 pm NESN NOTABLE NUMBERS Pitchers It is nice to be talking positively about Chris Sale again! In his last five starts, Sale has allowed just seven earned runs in 33 innings pitched. There is also the small matter of the incredibly number of strikeouts. In those last five starts he has 59 strikeouts. That is as incredible as it gets, and is nearly two strikeouts per innings! In fact the guys at Fangraphs took a deep dive into Sale’s 2019 season so far, which I highly recommend you read. Corbin Martin was very impressive in his season debut for the Astros. In 5 1/3 innings he struck out nine and allowed just two earned runs. However, the Rangers and Red Sox are very different teams....

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