A preview of the series finale against the Braves

Entering this series, the Atlanta Braves were surprisingly sitting in 1st place in their division. After the Red Sox took the first two games, they were replaced in 1st by another surprise team, the Philadelphia Phillies. Both teams before the season started were pegged as up and coming teams. No one could’ve predicted that before June, these two teams would be battling for first place like the Red Sox and Yankees have been doing so far this season. Last night, those Yankees were routed by Mike Trout and the Angels. Thankfully, the offense bailed out Drew Pomeranz, yet again, to secure a win and a two-game lead in the AL East.

Chris Sale is on the mound for the Red Sox this afternoon and his stellar 2018 season marches on. Through his first 11 starts of the season, the most runs he has given up in a game is 3. In fact, eight of his eleven starts has seen him give up more than 2 earned runs. The key for Cora is at some point trying to limit innings or even starts, so Sale can save some mojo for those chilly October nights. Sale looks to cap off the month of May with a perfect 4-0 record in 6 starts. He has struck out 51 batters in 35.2 innings, and opponents are hitting just .169 off of him.

Mike Foltynewicz takes the ball for the Atlanta Braves. Foltynewicz has been in the majors since 2014 debuting as an Astro. Up until this season he hadn’t really made a name for himself. The best ERA he had posted was 4.31. But this season could be his breakout year. Through his first 10 starts, he carries a 3-3 record. But that comes with an ERA of 2.72 and opponent average of .226. Not to mention just 5 home runs allowed thus far – a side note that makes him a vital part of their rotation going forward. In 4 starts against their rival Phillies, he has a 1.96 ERA. Intrigued for potential playoff series between them. Yes 4+ months away, but intrigued nonetheless.

Chris Sale — Career vs Atlanta Braves in 1 starts, 0-1 with a 14.40 ERA. This was clearly one of his worst starts in his career, 8 ER in 5 innings. Career at Fenway Park in 23 games (20 starts), 10-4 with a 3.03 ERA.

Atlanta Braves:

Ronald Acuna Jr. —–

Ozzie Albies —–

Johan Camargo —–

Charlie Culberson —–

Ryan Flaherty – 0 for 3, 2 Ks

Tyler Flowers – 2 for 2 (1.000 avg) Double, HR, 3 RBIs

Freddie Freeman – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) HR, RBI

Ender Inciarte – 0 for 2, K

Nick Markakis – 5 for 14 (.357 avg) Double, HR, 4 RBIs, Walk, 2 Ks

Kurt Suzuki – 8 for 25 (.320 avg) 2 Doubles, 6 RBIs, 2 Walks, 4 Ks

Dansby Swanson —–

Preston Tucker —–

Mike Foltynewicz — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 2 games, 2.70 ERA. That is 1 ER in 3.1 innings of relief. Those relief appearances both took place at Fenway Park.

Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi —–

Mookie Betts —–

Xander Bogaerts – 0 for 1

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg)

Rafael Devers —–

Brock Holt – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) RBI

Sandy Leon —–

J.D. Martinez – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) K

Mitch Moreland —–

Eduardo Nunez – 2 for 9 (.222 avg) RBI, Walk, K

Dustin Pedroia – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Double, 2 RBIs

Blake Swihart —–

Christian Vazquez – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg)