Just because another dig at how Cleveland’s weather sucked a$$ at the beginning of the season is irresistible. The Sox are fresh off a series loss thanks to a lack of timely hitting that could not make up for their God-awful pitching. They’ll be tested by Cleveland though as the Indians stand at 21-17, good for second place in the AL Central behind the Chicago White Sox. Here’s to hoping the BoSox bring their A-game, as they are tied in first with the Orioles.
Clay Buchholz (2-3, 6.11 ERA, 45.2 IP, 32 Ks) vs Corey Kluber (2-5, 4.30 ERA, 52.1 IP, 52Ks)
Buch has got to be one of the most frustrating and perplexing pitchers around. The slim right hander was lit up against the Astros early in his last start, but settled down to shut them down and keep them at bay while giving the Sox somewhat of a fighting chance. He’ll get blown to bits in one inning, then turn around and strike out five in a row. While you can’t exactly get a beat on him, he’s all but guaranteed to suck every time he takes the mound, hopefully we can get some run support.
TBD vs Trevor Bauer (3-1, 3.89 ERA, 34.2 IP, 37Ks)
Well this was supposed to be Eduardo Rodriguez, but instead it’s whoever the Sox can find to fill a roster spot. Yay?
Rick Porcello (6-2, 3.51 ERA, 51.1 IP, 49Ks) vs Danny Salazar (4-2, 1.80 ERA, 50 IP, 51Ks)
Porcello has been one of our better starters this season, but he didn’t look it last time out when he was shelled by the Royals. He’ll be looking to get back on track in the series finale agains the Indians, hopefully it’s a start that rights his ship and gives the Sox a fighting chance. He’ll need to be at his best too given how nasty Salazar has been this season.
Who’s Hot and Who’s Not
- A bit cooler this past week than the previous but still hot for most of our players! Jackie Bradley of course leads the pack batting .391 in his past six games as he maintains his 24-game hit streak.
- Meanwhile Xander Bogaerts is 10 for his last 26–good for .385 in the span.
- Mookie Betts is heating up batting .320 in the past week–nice to see him start to contribute from the leadoff spot.
- Dustin Pedroia is just 4 for his last 17… ouch!
- Brock Holt is slumping hard batting .048 in his past six games.
The other shoe is dropping on the Sox; their pitching just isn’t as good as we’d hoped and it doesn’t look like we’re getting the reinforcements we thought we would. Sure the Sox can outscore any team they face–but we saw in the Royals series that they won’t score 10 runs every game, and quite frankly given their pitching they kinda have to. I’m starting to get a little pessimistic on our BoSox, so I’m predicting them to take one of three this weekend.