Fresh off a series victory over the Indians the Sox are primed to take on the relatively weak Colorado Rockies who stand just a game under .500. Meanwhile our BoSox are tied in first with the Orioles and looking to break out and take sole possession of first in the east. I don’t know about you, but this series may be a prime chance to do it–if they can keep the ball in the park that is, as the Rockies suck at pitching, but they sure know how to score runs.
David Price (6-1, 5.53 ERA, 55.1 IP, 70Ks) vs Jorge De La Rosa (1-3, 10.18 ERA, 20.1 IP, 28Ks)
Price is coming off a solid start that saw him finally not get shelled as he seems to be back on the right track. He’ll be facing a solid lineup as the Rockies boast a pair of hitters who have double-digit homers so this will be his first big test to see if he is the ace we thought he’d be. Based off his performance of late, I’d say I have faith in him.
Steven Wright (3-4, 2.52 ERA, 53.2 IP, 47Ks) vs Chad Bettis (4-2, 4.18 ERA, 56 IP, 42K’s)
Wright is fresh off a complete game loss to the Royals, his second complete game of the season. On the bright side his clunker against the Astros seems to be well behind him as he has resumed his stretch of dominance and is poised for a win. Though he is 3-4, Wright is far better than his record would suggest, let’s hope the knuckle ball dances its way to a win.
Clay Buchholz (2-4, 5.92 ERA, 51.2 IP, 35Ks) vs John Gray (1-2, 6.75 ERA, 32 IP, 39Ks)
Lol. It’ll be a slugfest and the winner will have the better of two crappy pitchers. Who will it be, the over-the-hill meth head or the 24 year old rookie who sucked in the minors?
Who’s Hot and Who’s Not
- Jackie Bradley Jr continues to lead the pack batting .438 over his past six games–guy is locked in.
- Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts are not far behind though each batting .400 in the past week.
- Don’t forget David Ortiz who is 9 for his last 24.
- Blake Swihart is 1 for his first 9 with the big league club.
Our offense is better, we don’t have the pair of bomb hitters the Rockies do, but we’ve got the four best hitters in the AL based on BA right now, but it’s our pitching that will make the difference. If the Sox can hold the Rockies at bay, the Sox have this series easily. If not, it could be a brutal and long slug fest. I’m optimistic so I’m pegging the Sox for two of three.