Here we go again!
The Sox showed their metal when they took two of three in Chicago, now they’ll get to face a familiar foe in the Yankees–the team they just swept. The last time we faced New York the Sox stormed past their weak pitching staff while, for the most part, holding their lineup at bay. It was a good series, one that set the Sox up on top and showed that this 2016 team just may have something special going for them.
Rick Porcello (5-0, 2.76 ERA, 32.2IP, 36Ks) vs Michale Pineda (1-3, 6.33 ERA, 27IP, 30Ks)
Porcello continues to be one of our best pitchers as he improves one start at a time. The slim right hander was spectacular his last time out against NY and will get another go at them as his stretch of dominance continues. Did I just write that sentences about Porcello? Yes, yes I did.
David Price (4-0, 6.14 ERA, 36.2 IP, 49Ks) vs Nathan Eovaldi (1-2, 5.46 ERA, 29.2IP, 31Ks)
Well this will be interesting. Price was rocked hard by the Bombers his last time on the mound, but will be looking to gain some consistency to show the Sox he has what it takes to be our ace. Price has been a mixed bag from the start flashing signs of brilliance while getting shelled the next outing. With the first month of the season under his belt though it’s time to show us what he’s made of.
Steven Wright (2-3, 1.67 ERA, 32.1 IP, 32Ks) vs Luis Severino (0-4, 6.31 ERA, 25.2 IP, 16Ks)
Wright has arguably been one of our best pitchers on staff this season and will get a shot at his third win of the season. If the bats show up it should be a good game for the knuckleballer who has been as steady, consistent, and effective as ever. He has a good shot against the rookie Severino who has been rocked hard this season, should be a fun game!
Who’s Hot and Who’s Not
- Xander Bogaerts has been killing it hitting .400 over the past week as he is one of the hottest hitters on the team.
- David Ortiz is 9 for his last 23 with three bombs as he continues to mash his way through the early part of the season.
- Jackie Bradley Jr may be the hottest of all batting .421 over his past six games with a .500 OBP.
- Mookie Mania as Mookie Betts is hitting a standstill as Betts is just 5 for his last 26.
While another sweep would be nice, I am going to be cautiously optimistic and peg the Sox for an easy two of three.