After a series in which two Sox starters got blown out, one of whom is the most paid player, the Sox take on Scherzer and the Nationals tonight at 7pm ET. The Yankees are starting a series against the place Atlanta Braves, so both AL East teams will be going head to head with contending teams from the NL East. Washington’s 3.67 ERA is 9th in baseball, and 4th overall in the NL. Meanwhile their team batting avg of .239 sits at 20th in baseball, and are tied in the NL for 10th with the lowly Marlins.

Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Sox, opposing his good friend & former teammate Scherzer. After multiple tries from he & his other Sox teammates, Porcello will try again to be the first 10 game winner for the Red Sox. With a 6-0 lead over the Angels, it suddenly became a 6-4 game and the bullpen blew the lead after he hit the showers. Luckily the Sox offense came back to win the game. After having a disastrous month of May where he posted an ERA of 5.35, Porcello bounced back in June with a 3.48 ERA in 5 starts. Month to month the opponents batting average dropped from .295 to .218.

The Sox offense for a 2nd consecutive game find themselves batting against a Cy Young candidate. Scherzer’s 2.04 ERA ranks 4th in baseball, and 3rd in the NL. His eye popping 165 Ks in just 114.2 innings, leads all of baseball. The guy who is 2nd overall by the way is Chris Sale at 164. Oh man, what a game that would be.

Like with Severino yesterday, when you have an ERA this low, there is only a small amount of games where the pitcher doesn’t have his best stuff. For Scherzer there is only one start of allowing more than 2 ER. On May 25 against Miami in a win allowed 4 ER in 6 innings. On April 4th against Atlanta he did allow 5 Runs…. but just 2 of those runs were earned.

Rick Porcello — Career vs Nationals in 1 start, 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA. In that start he allowed 4 Runs (3 ER) in 8 innings, walking 1 and striking out 6. First career start at Nationals Park.

Washington Nationals:

Wilmer Difo —–

Adam Eaton – 5 for 13 (.385 avg) Double, Triple, HR, 2 RBIs, Walk, 3 Ks

Brian Goodwin —–

Bryce Harper – 0 for 4, 2 Ks

Spencer Kieboom —–

Daniel Murphy – 3 for 6 (.500 avg) Double, 3 RBIs

Anthony Rendon —–

Mark Reynolds – 4 for 16 (.250 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, Walk, 7 Ks

Pedro Severino —–

Juan Soto —–

Michael Taylor – 0 for 4, K

Trea Turner —–

Max Scherzer — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 10 starts, 4-4 with a 6.05 ERA. Career at Nationals Park in 54 starts, 23-15 with a 2.92 ERA.

Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi —–

Mookie Betts —–

Xander Bogaerts – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) 3 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) RBI, Walk, 2 Ks

Rafael Devers —–

Brock Holt – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) K

Sandy Leon —–

J.D. Martinez – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 3 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 4 for 14 (.286 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, 4 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) Walk, 3 Ks

Steve Pearce – 2 for 9 (.222 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Ks

Blake Swihart —–

Christian Vazquez —–