5/29 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Game 2 vs Toronto

Before the Red Sox take on the daunting weekend task of facing the Houston Astros, they’ll (hopefully) gladly gobble up wins against an inferior Blue Jays team. Sometimes watching them play defense, is like watching a frat house play whiffleball game at 3 am. People come by to just see how they attempt to field an out. Boston is standing tall at 37-17, season best 20 games above .500. The next highest in Wins are the Astros & Brewers, both 35 apiece.

Rick Porcello is on the mound for the Sox, looking to work out the kinks. After a brief bounce back start against the Orioles, Porcello was roughed up by the Rays and had his worst start of the year. 3.2 innings, 8 Hits, 6 Runs (4 ER), 2 Walks, 2 Ks. Aside from 2 starts this month, he can’t wait to flip the calendar over.

5 starts (2-2, 6.00 ERA) — 27 innings, 34 Hits, 20 Runs (18 ER), 4 HRs, 9 Walks, 27 Ks, 1.59 WHIP, opp avg of .315

Porcello’s lone start vs the Blue Jays was an effective one, a no decision but gave up 3 runs in 9 innings while striking out 9.

Marco Estrada takes the ball for the Toronto Blue Jays, his 2nd straight down trudges along. His first 2 seasons with the Jays saw him post ERA’s of 3.13 and 3.48. Last year was 4.98 and has thus far posted a 5.40 ERA in 2018. Only 4 of his 10 starts has seen him allow less than 4 ER. A bright side for him is that he’s not walking guys. In 7 of those 10 starts, he has walked 2 batters or less. He has not fared well vs the Red Sox so far this season, going 0-2 in 2 starts with a 7.36 ERA (9 ER in 11 innings).


Rick Porcello — Career vs Toronto Blue Jays in 22 games (21 starts), 9-9 with a 4.92 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 57 starts, 30-21 with a 4.31 ERA.


Toronto Blue Jays:

Josh Donaldson – 12 for 39 (.308 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 2 RBIs, Walk, 10 Ks

Curtis Granderson – 5 for 17 (.294 avg) Double, 3 RBIs, 5 Ks

Teoscar Hernandez – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) Walk, 2 Ks

Luke Maile – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) Double, RBI

Russell Martin – 4 for 32 (.125 avg) HR, RBI, 2 Walks, 8 Ks

Kendrys Morales – 8 for 39 (.205 avg) Double, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, 2 Walks, 7 Ks

Kevin Pillar – 10 for 39 (.256 avg) 4 Doubles, 2 RBIs, Walk, 8 Ks

Dwight Smith Jr. —–

Justin Smoak – 8 for 32 (.250 avg) 2 Doubles, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 7 Walks, 9 Ks

Yangervis Solarte – 0 for 3, 2 Ks

Devon Travis – 4 for 18 (.222 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, Walk, K

Giovanny Urshela – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) RBI


Marco Estrada — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 16 games (14 starts), 4-7 with a 4.44 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 9 games (7 starts), 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 6 for 18 (.333 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs, Walk, 2 Ks

Mookie Betts – 4 for 29 (.138 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs, 4 Walks, 6 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 4 for 29 (.138 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 4 RBIs, 3 Walks, 6 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 3 for 18 (.167 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, 4 Ks

Rafael Devers – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) 2 RBIs, 4 Ks

Brock Holt – 2 for 17 (.118 avg) Double, 2 Walks, 6 Ks

Sandy Leon – 2 for 8 (.250 avg) RBI, K

J.D. Martinez – 3 for 13 (.231 avg) Double, HR, 5 RBIs, 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 4 for 21 (.190 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 2 for 14 (.143 avg) Double, Walk, 4 Ks

Dustin Pedroia – 14 for 31 (.452 avg) 3 Doubles, 5 RBIs, 4 Walks, 3 Ks

Blake Swihart – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) 2 Ks

Christian Vazquez – 2 for 15 (.133 avg) 2 Walks, 4 Ks

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