5/16 Pitcher vs Hitter Matchups – Red Sox Look to Avoid The Sweep

After starting the season as if they were fired out of a cannon, have been in a slump. A mixture of bad starts, offense being lost, and obviously the bullpen woes of not sustaining lead or a tie or at least holding the line. They are now officially 1 game behind the Yankees in the standings. Luckily after this game, nine of their next 12 games are against the Orioles, Rays and Blue Jays.

Chris Sale is on the mound and is coming off of his best start, possibly ever, for Boston. He pitched 9 innings, giving up 3 runs off of 6 hits, but walked none while striking out 15 batters. It was such a shame that this added to his laundry list of solid games pitched that didn’t have a W attached to it. Pitchers like Sale should not just have 3 wins through 9 starts, as he holds a 2.17 ERA and opposing .195 avg. Sale’s last start vs Oakland was the Manaea no hitter. Sale gave up 3 ER in 7 innings, striking out 10.

Trevor Cahill takes the ball for the Oakland Athletics. From 2009-2012, he was a full time starter with decent success. But all a sudden starting in 2013, he was being switched back and forth of being a starter or reliever. This year through 4 starts for Oakland has thus far been good with a 2.25 ERA. Two of his four starts have been the shutout variety, and is coming off of his best start thus far. Against the Orioles,  Cahill fired off 6 shutout innings, striking out 12 batters.


Chris Sale — Career vs Oakland Athletics in 14 games (9 starts), 5-3 with a 2.73 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 22 games (19 starts), 9-4 with a 3.01 ERA.


Oakland Athletics:

Mark Canha – 3 for 9 (.333 avg) 2 Doubles, Triple, RBI, 2 Ks

Matt Chapman – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Triple

Khris Davis – 2 for 14 (.143 avg) Double, RBI, Walk, 6 Ks

Dustin Fowler —–

Matt Joyce – Walk

Jed Lowrie – 9 for 23 (.391 avg) Double, 3 RBIs, 5 Ks

Jonathan Lucroy – 0 for 6, K

Bruce Maxwell —–

Matt Olson – 0 for 3, K

Chad Pinder – 0 for 9, 7 Ks

Stephen Piscotty – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double, RBI, 2 Ks

Marcus Semien – 2 for 9 (.222 avg) HR, RBI, 2 Walks, K

Jake Smolinski – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) Walk, 2 Ks


Trevor Cahill — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 5 starts, 1-2 with a 6.35 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 4 starts, 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 0 for 2

Mookie Betts – 0 for 3, K

Xander Bogaerts – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) Walk

Jackie Bradley Jr – 1 for 2 (.500 avg)

Rafael Devers – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) RBI

Brock Holt —–

Sandy Leon —–

JD Martinez – 0 for 3

Mitch Moreland – 5 for 21 (.238 avg) Double, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, Walk, 4 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 7 for 16 (.438 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, 2 Ks

Hanley Ramirez – 3 for 22 (.136 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, 7 Walks, 6 Ks

Blake Swihart —–

Christian Vazquez – 2 for 2 (1.000 avg) Double, Triple, 2 RBIs

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