Despite recent struggles, the Red Sox will look to salvage a win against the Orioles on Sunday.
There is little question that the Red Sox are limping into Sunday’s series finale against the Baltimore Orioles. The Sox, losers of their last three games, maintain a 3.5 game lead in the American League East.
However, there is certainly some justification for concern. The pitching, which has been a strong point for the Red Sox, has been troublesome lately. Anchored by Chris Sale‘s rough outing against the Indians, Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez followed suit with duds of their own.
Now, on Sunday, the Red Sox will turn the ball over to Doug Fister in hopes that he can be a stopper. Fister is coming off of his best outing of the season – a complete game 1 hitter against the Cleveland Indians. Despite the recent success, he still possesses an ERA over 4. Fister’s outings in a Red Sox uniform have been relatively consistent (consistently bad). Either he has been near unhittable, or throwing batting practice to the opposition.
Wade Miley will get the ball for the Baltimore Orioles. Miley, an old friend of the Red Sox, has certainly not had a sterling year (reminiscent of his time in Boston). The lefty owns a 5.11 ERA on the season. Despite the favorable matchup for Sox hitters, they have not taken advantage of a few hitter-friendly matchups.
One thing is for certain – the Red Sox are going to need a solid start from Fister to set the tone for the series finale.
First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 ET.
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