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Boston Red Sox Vs Houston Astros Friday Preview

August 15th, 2014 at 3:47 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (55-65) look to build on a four game winning streak as they continue their series against the Houston Astros (50-72). Boston opened the series last night with a win after scoring 7 runs in the 6th inning – setting a season high for runs scored in an inning.

Dustin Pedroia led the way with three hits, while driving in two and also scoring a pair of runs. Two of those hits came in that 6th inning when the Red Sox batted around, sending 12 men to the plate. Daniel Nava also collected a couple of hits and saved a run by throwing out Jake Marisnick at the plate for his 6th outfield assist of the season – showing Jackie Bradley and Yoenis Cespedes aren't the only ones with good arms in this Red Sox outfield.

The Astros are now 4-16 all-time against the Red Sox and have never won in Fenway Park (0-8). Boston will look to keep that trend going as the series continues.

Scouting Report

  • Clay Buchholz (5-7, 5.99 ERA) gets the start for Boston. He's coming off his best start in nearly a month, keeping the high scoring Angels to only 3 runs over 8 innings in a no-decision. The Red Sox would eventually lose that one in 19 innings, but Buchholz did his part to keep the team in the game. Most encouraging is that he only walked two batters, after walking 4 or more in each of his previous 3 starts.
  • Dustin Pedroia has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games and has multiple hits in 9 of those games. He's hitting .379 over that stretch to raise his average to .285 this season. He's up to 31 doubles this season, which ties him for 7th in the AL.
  • For the superstitious bunch – today is Ben Affleck's birthday. He starred in the movie Good Will Hunting, which came out in 1997. The Red Sox have lost on Affleck's birthday every year since then.
  • Dallas Keuchel (10-8, 3.07 ERA) takes the mound for Houston. He's 12th in the AL in ERA and 8th in pitching WAR (3.5). The lefty isn't considered a hard thrower, with velocity on his fastball that stays in the low 90s, but he gets great movement on it with good sinking action that has helped him lead the league in inducing ground balls (282).
  • Chris Carter has been on fire in the month of August, hitting .346/.382/.788 over his last 13 games. The month is only about half over and he already has launched 7 HR and driven in 18 runs this month. He's up to 28 HR this season, which is the third most in the AL. He's always had power, but the high batting average is clearly the result of a small sample size. Even with this hot streak, he's only hitting .230 for the season – which is still better than the .223 he hit last year. His 126 strikeouts are the third most in the league, after leading the league with 212 last year.

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Tags: Baseball, Boston, Boston Red Sox, Clay Buchholz, Daniel Nava, Dustin Pedroia, MLB

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