The Sox are fresh off a sweep of the Oakland A’s and are hotter than ever, if you thought this season couldn’t get any more exciting then you were 1000% wrong. Tied in first place with the Orioles, the Sox need to capitalize on this four-game series as Baltimore prepares to take on Detroit. A series victory, or even sweep, could mean sole possession of first by the end of the weekend, so let’s get pumped!
David Price (4-1, 6.75 ERA, 41.1IP, 53Ks) vs Dallas Keuchel (2-4, 4.70 ERA, 44 IP, 48Ks)
Nothing better than a battle of the underperforming aces. Price will be debuting his retooled mechanics while Keuchel is coming off of a solid start and hoping to turn things around on what has been a disappointing season so far. The BoSox bats are ready to take advantage though, the question is whether Price can hold the Astros at bay.
Steven Wright (3-3, 1.52 ERA, 41.1 IP, 38Ks) vs Lance McCullers (0-0)
Our real ace, Wright, is coming off of a complete game that saw him allow just one run and you better believe he wants the good times to keep rolling. Wright has been on an impressive streak so far this season, and will be opposed my McCullers who is making his first start of the season.
Clay Buchholz (2-3, 5.90 ERA, 39.2 IP, 27Ks) vs Collin McHugh (4-3, 5.50 ERA, 34.1 IP, 28Ks)
This is the game I’m going to, and if Buch’s recent stretch of suckiness is any sign, then I could be in for a bad time. Then again, McHugh isn’t exactly Cy Young either, so this one could be more evenly matched.
Sean O’Sulivan (1-0, 6.43 ERA, 7 IP, 4Ks) vs Chris Devenski (0-2, 1.72 ERA, 31.1 IP, 27Ks)
O’Sullivan made his first start of the season for the BoSox, and while uninspiring he was not all together awful either. The burly right hander tossed six innings, and will be looking to improve as he takes on Devenski, a 25 year old rookie who has been pretty damn good this year despite his record.
Who’s Hot and Who’s Not
- Pretty much everyone. Seriously though our lineup is CLICKING!
- Hottest of all is Jackie Bradley Jr who is hitting .481 in the past week with five homers.
- If I have to nitpick, Mookie Betts is batting .267 in the past week, but given his recent slump he actually looks to be heating up at the plate.
Our offense has the serious edge, but our pitching is a bit more evenly matched. I have little faith in Buch, and slightly more in O’Sullivan so if I have to be honest, I’m pegging the Sox to take two of four in a split. If the pitching steps up to the plate, so to speak, we could be in for a 3/4 weekend, but I’ll be more cautious and predict a split.