CHRIS SALE VS. GERRIT COLE

As Sox fans watched Pomeranz’s ERA inch closer to the 7.00 mark, Chris Sale was in the zone getting ready for one of the biggest pitching matchups of 2018. The Sox are attempting their 2nd shot at winning their 40th game of the season tonight. Aside from who they’re facing, the right man is on the mound to hold down Astros bats as the Sox offense does what they can.

Chris Sale is on the mound, and just coming off of his worst start of 2018. It was quite a stunner when Braves batters sent Sale to the showers very early, lasting only 4.1 innings and giving up 6 runs. Prior to that start, all of his 11 starts saw him allow 3 ER or less in each of those starts. So house money on him bouncing back effectively.

The prize of the 2017-18 offseason for the Astros, Gerrit Cole takes the ball in this potential highlight pitchers duel. One of the favorites to nab the Cy Young Award in the fall, Cole has just been an astounding get. When he was initially acquired, there was talk about of how he would adjust to switching leagues. He is in fact having his best season yet.

MLB rankings

2nd in ERA – 2.05

2nd in Ks – 109

3rd in innings – 79.2 innings

2nd in WHIP – 0.83

2nd in opp avg – .169


Chris Sale — Career vs Houston Astros in 6 starts, 5-1 with a 1.31 ERA. Career at Minute Maid Park in 2 starts, 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA.


Houston Astros:

Jose Altuve – 8 for 21 (.381 avg) Double, HR, 3 RBIs, 5 Ks

Alex Bregman —–

Carlos Correa – 2 for 10 (.200 avg) 2 RBIs, 2 Ks

J.D. Davis —–

Tim Federowicz —–

Evan Gattis – 2 for 9 (.222 avg) HR, RBI, 2 Ks

Marwin Gonzalez – 1 for 9 (.111 avg) RBI, 2 Ks

Yuli Gurriel —–

Tony Kemp – 0 for 3

Jake Marisnick – 1 for 9 (.111 avg) 4 Ks

Josh Reddick – 3 for 14 (.214 avg) Double, RBI, 4 Ks

George Springer – 3 for 12 (.250 avg) Double, 3 Ks

Max Stassi —–


Gerrit Cole — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 2 starts, 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA. Career at Minute Maid Park in 5 starts, 1-1 with a 2.41 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) HR, 3 RBIs, K

Mookie Betts – 2 for 5 (.400 avg) RBI, Walk

Xander Bogaerts – 0 for 5

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) Triple

Rafael Devers —–

Brock Holt —–

Sandy Leon – 1 for 2 (.500 avg)

J.D. Martinez – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 0 for 5, 3 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)

Dustin Pedroia – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI

Blake Swihart —–

Christian Vazquez – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) K

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