Here we go folks, make no mistake about it, this is the series of the season. The Sox will get a four-game set against Baltimore with a one game lead in first and will either leave Baltimore as victors or with their tails between their legs. The Sox have the edge in hitting (295 runs to a paltry 214) but the O’s have the edge in pitching (Sox have allowed 224 runs to the O’s 197). This will be a well-fought and gutsy series for the BoSox if they are to win big, I wouldn’t count them out but at the same time this series is far from a sure thing.
Steven Wright (4-4, 2.52 ERA, 60.2 IP, 54Ks) vs Tyler Wilson (2-3, 3.80 ERA, 42.2 IP, 22Ks)
Should be a fun one to open the series on; Wright has been a man on a mission from the get go as he is easily one of the best pitchers on staff–oddly enough. Meanwhile Wilson has been solid-ish–those strikeout numbers are low which means he gives up plenty of contact, the Sox should be in a good position to take advantage.
Eduardo Rodriguez (AAA stats: 0-3, 3.54 ERA, 28 IP, 17Ks) vs Kevin Gausman (0-2, 3.24 ERA, 41.2 IP, 37Ks)
The moment we’ve all been waiting for: Eddie’s debut. He’ll have his work cut out for him though as he takes on Gausman who, despite his record, has been pretty solid this season.
Joe Kelly (2-0, 6.30 ERA, 20 IP, 26Ks) vs Mike Wright (2-3, 5.05 ERA, 46.1 IP, 34Ks)
Oy. One crappy pitcher vs another, the only good think Jolt’n Joe has for himself is that he strikes a lot of people out. If he can corral the O’s this should be a good game, if not (which is likely) then we’re in for a rough one.
Rick Porcello (7-2, 3.68 ERA, 63.2 IP, 59Ks) vs Ubaldo Jimenez (2-6, 6.36 ERA, 52.1 IP, 45Ks)
Porcello has been beset by some bad breaks of late, but facing Jimenez may be just what he needs to right the ship. Rick has been pretty solid for the Sox, though has become increasingly less effective of late. Meanwhile Jimenez just straight up sucks, so here’s to hoping it’s a blowout in our favor.
Who’s Hot and Who’s Not
- David Ortiz is batting .438 in the past week as he seems to be hotter than ever.
- Dustin Pedroia is 10 for his last 24 as he has been a force to be reckoned with.
- Xander Bogaerts is batting .385 in the past week as he has been hotter than ever and riding a 22-game hit streak.
- Hanley Ramirez is really just 3 for his last 21 as he has been struggling of late.
The last time the Sox faced the O’s we got b*tchslapped, it’s time to turn the tables though. We’re first in the AL East and intend to keep it that way. While taking the series and gaining a game would be nice, I honestly see a split at best. The O’s have decent pitching while ours, well, is a hot mess from top to bottom; meanwhile our offense literally is the best in the MLB whereas the O’s are a bit meh given neither team a clear advantage.