5/23 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Game 2 at the Trop

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Riding a 3 game winning streak, the Sox stand at 33-15 and officially are back in sole possession of 1st place. The Yankees fell in a 6-1 hole vs the Rangers, but weren’t able to complete their comeback. The game ended with a 6-4 score. Boston’s offense last night continued their onslaught of power within their bats. The Sox rank 2nd in the majors in HRs at 70, currently 5 behind the Yankees. It’s as well the same for Runs scored. And the team that is residing behind the Sox are the surprise team Atlanta Braves, who the Sox will go head to head with after the Rays series.

David Price is on the mound for the Sox, and is coming off of clearly best start of the season. He dominated the Orioles for a complete game effort, his first CG since 2016. The only blemish was a 2 strike 2 out HR by Machado, but Price still rued the day, capping off a brief 95 pitch 9 inning outing. Now pitching back in the place where had his most success, good deal of confidence should take place and showcase another stellar start.

Chris Archer takes the ball for the Rays. After a disastrous April, in the month of May (besides one start vs Bal) has turned the page.

April (5 starts) – 2-1, 6.75 ERA, 26.2 innings, 35 Hits, 21 Runs (20 ER), 5 HRs, 10 Walks, 30 Ks. 1.69 WHIP, opp .315 avg

May (4 starts) – 1-2, 3.04 ERA, 26.2 innings, 20 Hits, 9 Runs, 3 HRs, 8 Walks, 20 Ks. 1.05 WHIP, opp .204 avg

He will look to keep the momentum going, while he matches up against an opponent that has pretty much owned him in his career. Last season he held a 5.87 ERA in 3 starts facing the Sox. His other start vs the Sox this year was a No Decision 6 inning 4 run outing. It would have been a loss. But that was the day of the improbable 8th inning meltdown.


David Price — Career vs Tampa Bay Rays in 12 games (11 starts), 4-4 with a 3.47 ERA. Career at Tropicana Field in 92 games (90 starts), 37-30 with a 2.84 ERA.


Tampa Bay Rays:

Willy Adames —–

Christian Arroyo —–

C.J. Cron  – 5 for 18 (.278 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 Ks

Matt Duffy – 3 for 18 (.167 avg) Double, Walk, 6 Ks

Johnny Field – 0 for 3, K

Brad Miller – 5 for 30 (.167 avg) Triple, 2 RBIs, Walk, 6 Ks

Wilson Ramos – 4 for 11 (.364 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs, Walk, K

Rob Refsnyder – 0 for 11, 2 Walks, 7 Ks

Daniel Robertson – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) Double, RBI, 2 Walks, K

Mallex Smith —–

Denard Span – 2 for 14 (.143 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, 2 Ks

Jesus Sucre – 0 for 2, K


Chris Archer— Career vs Boston Red Sox in 20 starts, 2-12 with a 5.49 ERA. Career at Tropicana Field in 83 starts, 22-32 with a 3.28 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 5 for 13 (.385 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, Walk, K

Mookie Betts – 12 for 34 (.353 avg) 2 Doubles, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs, 8 Walks, 4 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 11 for 33 (.333 avg) 3 Doubles, 2 RBIs, 4 Walks, 11 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr – 6 for 30 (.200 avg) 2 Doubles, 3 RBIs, 2 Walks, 10 Ks

Rafael Devers – 3 for 5 (.600 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs

Brock Holt – 6 for 26 (.231 avg) Double, RBI, 6 Ks

Sandy Leon – 0 for 5, Walk, 4 Ks

J.D. Martinez – 4 for 19 (.211 avg) Double, HR, 3 RBIs, 2 Walks, 6 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 3 for 11 (.273 avg) Double, 2 Walks, 2 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 3 for 11 (.273 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, K

Hanley Ramirez – 7 for 24 (.292 avg) 4 Walks, 13 Ks

Blake Swihart – 0 for 2, K

Christian Vazquez – 3 for 17 (.176 avg) 7 Ks

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