4/4 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups: Velazquez taking on the O’s

 

The Red Sox are impressively sitting at 11-2. They look to keep the momentum going as they start game 2 of this 4 game series. While last year’s offense ranked 6th among AL teams in runs scored, it just never felt like the team had any bit of an imposing offense. If they went down in a 5-0 hole, you knew in back of your mind there wasn’t much hope for a comeback win. The Sox currently sit at 4th overall in baseball with 76 runs scored…. And they are tied with the Phillies for most grand slams thus far, sight for sore eyes.

Alex Cobb makes his first start in an Orioles uniform. This was a really solid get by Baltimore. Among the walk crazy & erratic starting pitchers, Cobb will be a workhorse for them in this rotation. Question is for how long, he could be trade bait by the July deadline.

Hector Velazquez makes his second start of the season, sandwiched in between two relief appearances against the Rays. Ever since his rocky debut to the bigs, he has become a dependable arm to have in the system. When Pomeranz comes back, the Sox will have a good conundrum to have. Who goes to Pawtucket, Velazquez or Brian Johnson?


Hector Velazquez — First career start vs the Baltimore Orioles. Career at Fenway Park in 7 games (1 start), 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA. That is 2 ER in 14 innings.


Velazquez hasn’t faced any of the Orioles position players currently on the roster.


Alex Cobb — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 14 starts, 6-4 with a 3.43 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 7 starts, 5-1 with a 3.15 ERA.


Andrew Benintendi – 2 for 15 (.133 avg) Double, 4 Ks

Mookie Betts – 6 for 20 (.300 avg) Double, HR, 4 RBIs, Walk, K

Jackie Bradley Jr – 2 for 13 (.154 avg) Double, 5 Ks

Rafael Devers – 0 for 4, K

Brock Holt – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) Walk, 3 Ks

Sandy Leon – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, Walk, K

Tzu-Wei Lin – 0 for 3, K

JD Martinez – 4 for 8 (.500 avg) 2 Doubles, RBI, Walk, 3 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 5 for 20 (.250 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 3 RBIs, 4 Walks, 4 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 3 for 11 (.273 avg)

Hanley Ramirez – 3 for 11 (.273 avg) Walk, 3 Ks

Christian Vazquez – 8 for 11 (.727 avg) 2 RBIs, Walk

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