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Boston Red Sox Vs Chicago White Sox Tuesday Preview

July 8th, 2014 at 6:49 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (39-50) continue their series against the Chicago White Sox (43-37) tonight at Fenway Park. Chicago opened the series with a victory by holding Boston scoreless with only 2 hits.

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Clay Buchholz showed flashes of his old self, but two big mistakes led to a pair of home runs, including a three-run homer by Dayan Viciedo that broke the game wide open.

The Red Sox have fallen 10 games back in the AL East and have the 3rd worst record in the American League. Sources have told ESPN that the team is on the verge of making a trade that would send Jake Peavy to St. Louis. The Cardinals need reinforcements in their rotation following a rash of injuries and despite how poorly he's pitched this season, Peavy could still be an asset to a National League team. Due to last Friday's rainout, Boston needs a spot starter for Wednesday night's game, which could be pushing the team to get a deal done before then to allow them to call up a starter without having to make a corresponding roster move to send another player out. If this trade does occur, it could be the first domino to fall in the Red Sox waiving the white flag on this season and selling off any veterans that aren't a core part of the team's future for whatever they can get.

Scouting Report

  • Brandon Workman (1-2, 4.17 ERA) will start for Boston. His last two outings have progressively become his worst starts of the season, as he's given up 10 runs over 11 innings in those starts.
  • Jackie Bradley, Jr. is finally showing signs of pulling out of his season long slump. Over the past two weeks he is 10 for his last 30 trips to the plate (.333) with 6 runs scored. Oddly enough, he hasn't driven in a run during that streak, despite remaining one of the team's better hitters with runners in scoring position this season (.283).
  • Regardless of if the rumored Jake Peavy trade occurs or not, the Red Sox will still be in need of a starter tomorrow night. Rubby De La Rosa would seem like a prime candidate to be recalled, given his previous success when given the opportunity. He was pulled from his last start in Pawtucket on Sunday after only 1 inning, leading many to speculate it would leave him available to pitch Wednesday. Manager John Farrell has so far declined to name a starter, but indicated a roster move could be announced after tonight's game. 
  • David Ortiz is upset once again – this time regarding a conversation that aired on the MLB Network in which his name was brought up in relation to the list of players that tested positive for PEDs, according to a 2003 survey. What got Big Papi most heated, according to a report by WEEI, is comments suggesting he has been given a "free pass" by the fans and media over this topic. How so? It seems like his name has been dragged through the mud enough for a guy that has been accused without any real proof. Perhaps his name was on that list for a reason, but the truth is we don't have any idea what he allegedly took to be put on that list – which was put together before MLB enforced drug testing in an era where PED usage was running rampant across the sport. Ortiz has been drug tested approximately 40 times (by his count) since then and never failed any of them, nor has his name been connected to any sketchy reports about the purchase of PEDs. This story should have been put to rest long ago, but due to the distrust caused by the steroid era, sluggers like Ortiz will never get the benefit of the doubt in the court of public opinion. 
  • John Danks (7-6, 4.12 ERA) will be on the mound for Chicago. The veteran lefty is having a modest bounce back season that is more in line with his career numbers, following two ineffective seasons plagued by injury. 
  • Alexei Ramirez is one of two players in the White Sox lineup to be selected to the All-Star game, yet his team continues to bury him in the lineup. He's hitting 5th tonight, but more than half his at-bats this season have come in the 6 spot. Adam Eaton remains the team's best option as a lead-off hitter, but why is Gordon Beckham and his .298 OBP continuously getting placed in the 2 hole?
Tags: Baseball, Boston, Boston Red Sox, Brandon Workman, Clay Buchholz, David Ortiz, Jake Peavy, MLB, Rubby De La Rosa

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