5/14 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Back to Fenway

 

After an ugly Yankees series, where the Red Sox limped away with only one win, the team capped off the long road trip by taking 2 out of 3 games in their series against the Toronto Blue Jays. They come back to Fenway for a much needed home-stand. Something that is working in the Red Sox’s favor going forward is home scheduling. The Minnesota Twins are the only AL team to have played fewer games (14) at home, than the Red Sox (15).

Rick Porcello is on the mound for the Red Sox and because of the ugly no decision vs the Yankees, he still stands at a perfect 5-0 record. Through 3 starts at Fenway this season, he has registered a 2.45 ERA. A remarkable stat is that through those 22 innings, he has yet to walk a single batter. Opposing batters at Fenway have hit just .188 off of him. This will be Porcello’s first start vs the Athletics since 2016, where he went 2-0 in 2 starts with a 3.29 ERA.

Old buddy Sean Manaea takes the ball for the Oakland Athletics. While the Red Sox actually lost the preceding games, many say the .500 slump all started with his no hitter. Stats wise, he is a far far different pitcher facing the Red Sox at Oakland Coliseum, as opposed to his house of horrors at Fenway Park:

6.1 innings, 21 Hits, 15 Runs, 3 HRs, 5 Ks

Manaea is coming off his 2 worst starts of the season. In April through 5 starts, he was 4-1 with a sparkling of 1.00 (4 ER in 36 innings). In May after 2 starts, he is 0-2 with a 6.17 ERA (8 ER in 11.2 innings). Small silver lining for him is not walking any batters in the 2 most recent starts.


Rick Porcello — Career vs Oakland Athletics in 14 games (13 starts), 6-5 with a 3.76 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 55 starts, 29-20 with a 4.25 ERA.


Oakland Athletics:

Mark Canha —–

Matt Chapman —–

Khris Davis – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) 2 RBIs, K

Dustin Fowler —–

Matt Joyce – 4 for 17 (.235 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 Walks, 3 Ks

Jed Lowrie – 3 for 5 (.600 avg) Double

Jonathan Lucroy – 0 for 5

Bruce Maxwell – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) RBI, K

Matt Olson —–

Chad Pinder —–

Stephen Piscotty —–

Marcus Semien – 0 for 12, 4 Ks

Jake Smolinski – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Double


Sean Manaea — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 4 starts, 2-2 with a 7.52 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 2 starts, 0-2 with a 21.32 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 0 for 5, Walk

Mookie Betts – 4 for 11 (.364 avg) Triple, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, Walk

Xander Bogaerts – 4 for 7 (.571 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, K

Jackie Bradley Jr – 0 for 6, 3 Ks

Rafael Devers – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) 2 Ks

Brock Holt —–

Sandy Leon – 0 for 3

JD Martinez – 0 for 6, 4 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 0 for 2, K

Eduardo Nunez – 1 for 9 (.111 avg) Double, K

Hanley Ramirez – 3 for 10 (.300 avg) 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, 4 Ks

Blake Swihart – 0 for 1

Christian Vazquez – 2 for 4 (.500 avg) RBI, K

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