The Red Sox got a much needed win yesterday as Price added another quality start under his belt, and J.D. Martinez unsurprisingly carried the lineup to their 44th win of the season.
While the AL has had four teams to reach 40 wins, the NL currently has zero teams. The Brewers have a chance today to get there.
J.D. Martinez, at some point, has to get in MVP considerations. This is looking like the first time since 2008, that the Red Sox will have two players in contention for that hardware. In 2008, Dustin Pedroia won the MVP with Kevin Youkilis being a runner up.
Rick Porcello is on the mound for the Red Sox today, looking for his 9th win of the season. That would tie him with Kluber and Severino for most wins in the AL. Scherzer leads MLB with 9 wins to his credit. Porcello’s last 2 starts have been promising after a shaky month of May. In the last 13 innings he has allowed 6 runs (4 ER), walking 4 and striking out 10 batters. After giving up 38 longballs in 2017, he has surrendered just 7 through his first 13 starts. There’s a chance he might not give up 20.
Reynaldo Lopez takes the ball for the White Sox in, what could be, his first full season in the majors. The former Nationals prospect has made 12 starts this season, posting a solid 3.42 ERA. But with the erratic lineup behind him, only has a 1-4 record to show for it. He doesn’t give up too many hits (.212 avg), but has walked 31 batters in 71 innings so far. His 48 Ks shows he’s not missing too many bats, so he relies on his defense behind him to pick him up.
First pitch at 1:05 PM ET!
Rick Porcello — Career vs Chicago White Sox in 23 starts, 11-8 with a 4.35 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 58 starts, 31-21 with a 4.28 ERA.
Chicago White Sox:
Jose Abreu – 4 for 16 (.250 avg) HR, 3 RBIs, Walk, 2 Ks
Tim Anderson – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) Double, RBI, K
Adam Engel – 0 for 2
Yoan Moncada – 0 for 1, 2 Walks, K
Omar Narvaez – 0 for 2
Daniel Palka —–
Yolmer Sanchez – 5 for 12 (.417 avg) 2 Doubles, RBI, K
Kevan Smith —–
Jose Rondon —–
Trayce Thompson —–
Charlie Tilson —–
Reynaldo Lopez — First career start vs the Boston Red Sox.
Lopez has faced just one Sox batter previously:
Eduardo Nunez – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) Double, 2 RBIs