The 42-19 Boston Red Sox continue their series with the Tigers. Because of how pedestrian the AL Central is, Detroit is in 2nd place (3.5 behind Cleveland). That is coming with Runs Differential of -22. The Sox meanwhile have the 2nd best overall differential at 96, only best by the Astros’ 116 mark. After quite the solid start by Steven Wright with his dancing knuckler, time to pass the baton to teammate who has been rolling as of late.

Eduardo Rodriguez is on the mound for the Sox, winner of 3 starts in a row. And has pitched effectively over his last 5 starts. Each start that passes, his confidence is growing.

(3-1, 2.25 ERA) — 28 innings, 25 Hits, 7 ER, 2 HRs, 7 Walks, 33 Ks

A stat that not many of you would know or even think about, Rodriguez must tread carefully with this lineup. They know how to handle left handed pitchers. The Detroit Tigers are currently the best hitting team in the majors vs southpaws, at a .280 clip. Our Boston Red Sox are 17th in baseball with an avg of .239, and just 10th in the AL.

Blaine Hardy takes the ball for the Tigers, in his first season starting games for Detroit. With decent success, Hardy was used primarily as a reliever from 2014-2017. Oddly enough, he has only pitched just twice in relief vs the Sox. This season has been a different team approach, as he is set to make his 5th start of the season. A wise decision at this point to transition him as a starter.

(2-0, 2.85 ERA) — 22.1 innings, 21 Hits, 7 ER, 1 HR, 6 Walks, 16 Ks


Eduardo Rodriguez — Career vs Detroit Tigers in 3 starts, 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 39 starts, 12-9 with a 4.54 ERA.


Detroit Tigers:

Miguel Cabrera – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) 2 Walks, K

Jaimer Candelario —–

Nicholas Castellanos – 1 for 9 (.111 avg) HR, RBI, 4 Ks

Niko Goodrum —–

John Hicks —–

Jose Iglesias – 3 for 7 (.429 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 2 RBIs

JaCoby Jones – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Double, K

Dixon Machado —–

Leonys Martin – 0 for 3, K

Victor Martinez – 3 for 6 (.500 avg) 2 RBIs, 2 Walks

James McCann – 3 for 7 (.429 avg) Double, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, Walk, K

Victor Reyes —–

Ronny Rodriguez —–


Blaine Hardy — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 2 games, 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA. Those 2 games are relief appearances, giving up 1 ER in 1.2 innings. Career at Fenway Park in 1 game, 0-1 with a 27.00 ERA. That is 1 ER in 1/3 of an inning, which was a Red Sox walkoff victory back in 2015 courtesy of Xander Bogaerts.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi —–

Xander Bogaerts – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) RBI

Jackie Bradley Jr. – Walk

Rafael Devers —–

Brock Holt – 0 for 1

Sandy Leon —–

J.D. Martinez —–

Mitch Moreland – 1 for 2 (.500 avg)

Eduardo Nunez —–

Blake Swihart – 0 for 1

Sam Travis —–

Christian Vazquez —–

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