7/9 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Game 1 vs Rangers

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The 62-29 Boston Red Sox begin a 7 game homestand, before five (hopefully six) of their players head back to DC for All Star festivities. Make sure to get your votes in for Benny. The last place Texas Rangers are in town. Just like the Royals, be prepared to see multiple players on this roster soon change uniforms & caps with a different team.

Like it has been for better part of this decade, the Rangers are piecing together s pitching staff because of injuries. There are currently seven pitchers sitting in the 60 Day DL. Unsurprisingly their team ERA is 4th worst in the AL. But under the hot Arlington sun, they have scored the 6th most runs in the AL, while having the 3rd worst batting avg of .238…. that’s baseball for you.

Eduardo Rodriguez takes the mound for the Sox, coming off his electric start of 6 shutout innings vs the Nationals. Armed with his change up, Nats batters had no answer for him. he left after just 84 pitches, but it was a smart decision to take him out as it was a brutally hot & muggy day. Opposing the Rangers lineup, Rodriguez is going for his 11th win to tie with Porcello for team leader at Wins. It also would set a personal best for Wins in a season. He previously faced the Rangers on May 5, giving up 5 ER in 6 innings (3 HRs). The lone bright spot was having 10 punchouts.

Mike Minor takes the ball for the Rangers, who’s having an otherwise lackluster year. In 16 starts, his ERA is at 4.63. Last year was something of a renaissance, having a full season as a guy out of the pen. In 65 appearances, he compiled a 2.55 ERA to go along with 6 saves and 17 holds. He also allowed just 5 HRs in 77.2 innings, while striking out 88. This year he’s having a harder time of missing bats. To this point he’s pitched 91.1 innings, while giving up 14 long balls and striking out 74. Minor faced the Sox on May 3, getting the win where he gave up 3 ER in 6 innings.


Eduardo Rodriguez — Career vs Texas Rangers in 2 starts, 1-0 with a 3.29 ERA. That is 5 ER in 13.2 innings, walking 4 and striking out 17 in that span. Career at Fenway Park in 41 starts, 13-10 with a 4.55 ERA.


Texas Rangers:

Elvis Andrus – 0 for 2, Walk, K

Adrian Beltre – 0 for 3

Robinson Chirinos – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) Walk, K

Shin-Soo Choo – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) 3 Ks

Delino DeShields – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) HR, 3 RBIs

Joey Gallo – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, K

Ronald Guzman —–

Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 0 for 3

Nomar Mazara – 0 for 3, 2 Ks

Rougned Odor —–

Jurickson Profar – 0 for 3, K

Ryan Rua – 0 for 1, Walk, K

Carlos Tocci —–


Mike Minor— Career vs Boston Red Sox in 7 games (3 starts), 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 4 games (2 starts), 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 0 for 2, K

Mookie Betts – 2 for 4 (.500 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs, Walk

Xander Bogaerts – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) 2 Doubles, Walk, K

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 8 (.125 avg) Walk, 2 Ks

Rafael Devers – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) 3 Ks

Brock Holt – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) Double, RBI, K

Sandy Leon – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Double, RBI

J.D. Martinez – 3 for 4 (.750 avg) HR, 3 RBIs

Mitch Moreland – 0 for 3

Eduardo Nunez – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) RBI, K

Steve Pearce – 4 for 8 (.500 avg) Double, HR, 4 RBIs, Walk, 2 Ks

Blake Swihart – 0 for 2, Walk

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