During yesterday’s rain soaked off day, the Yankees played a day night double header with these Detroit Tigers. It was a split, and the Sox lead the Yankees by 1 with their MLB leading record of 41-19. The next highest in wins are the Yankees with 38 to their credit. The next 9 games coming up are against the Tigers, White Sox & Orioles. The dreary wet weather is supposed to end around 5. So thankfully there shouldn’t be a delay tonight.
Steven Wright is on the mound for the Sox… they’re calling it a relievers day, allowing the starters to each take a day off. But it’s obviously an audition day for Steven Wright, as the team is at wit’s end with Pomeranz’s trek towards the 7.00 ERA mark. It’s been a long road back for Wright, since the dreaded day that Farrell used him as a pinch runner. Yes Farrell chose the guy who looks like a step dad competing in a potato sack race, as a pinch runner. This season has been a solid go to man in the bullpen.
Wright holds a 2.25 ERA on the yr, and opposing .167 avg. The only blemish is the walks, that is 10 in 16 innings. But such is life with a knuckleballer. The key is to pitch like Wakefield, getting out of jams by inducing the groundball.
Artie Lewicki takes the ball for the Detroit Tigers. The 26 year old right hander is making his first start of the season, after pitching in mainly long relief for the past month. Lewicki has pitched fairly decent, the best appearance coming on May 16th. On that day, he fired off 4 shutout innings vs the Indians lineup. But the knock against him like last year’s cup of coffee, is that he will give up hits. Thus far in his career has given up 37 Hits in 25.1 innings. That amounts to a .343 opponents’ batting avg.
Steven Wright — Career vs Detroit Tigers in 3 starts, 0-1 with an 8.04 ERA. That ugly ERA is due to 14 ER allowed in 15.2 innings. Career at Fenway Park in 31 games (21 starts), 13-6 with a 4.42 ERA.
Miguel Cabrera – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks
Jaimer Candelario —–
Nicholas Castellanos – 3 for 6 (.500 avg) Double, Triple, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks
Niko Goodrum —–
John Hicks —–
Jose Iglesias – 3 for 7 (.429 avg) Double, RBI, Walk
JaCoby Jones – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) K
Dixon Machado —–
Leonys Martin – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) K
Victor Martinez – 3 for 7 (.429 avg) 3 RBIs, 2 Ks
James McCann – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) HR, 3 RBIs
Victor Reyes —–
Ronny Rodriguez —–
Artie Lewicki — First career start vs the Boston Red Sox.