7/15 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – First Half Finale

After yet another thrilling victory that was capped off with a Bogaerts grand slam, the Red Sox will look to finish the first half with a record of 68-30 in today’s game. Bogaerts’ grand slam was his 3rd of the season, the only Red Sox to have more than 3 in a season was Babe Ruth all the way back in 1919. With the Yankees bats facing Trevor Bauer today (2.23 ERA), the Sox could head off into the break with a 4.5 game lead. Brian Johnson takes Eduardo Rodriguez’s place on the roster. Like Devers, it shouldn’t be a long time being shelved.

The Blue Jays placed both Kevin Pillar and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. on the DL. Taking their places are pitchers Jaime Garcia and Ryan Tapera. So at least for today, the Blue Jays are going with a 14 man pitching staff and 11 position players.

Brian Johnson takes the mound for the Sox in his return from the Disabled List. His 2 recent starts have been solid, albeit short as they have been. Against the Nationals, he was pulled after 4.2 innings. With his pitch count rising, Cora didnt want to stretch him out even further. Unfortunately he was placed on the DL soon after. Johnson hasn’t fared well thus far in his career vs the Blue Jays.

11 innings, 18 Hits, 11 Runs, 3 HRs, 7 Walks, 10 Ks

Marcus Stroman takes the ball for the Blue Jays. In this down down year, Stroman has actually pitched well as of late. On May 8 before hitting the DL, his ERA was sky high at 7.71. Since coming back, three of his four starts has seen him give up 2 ER or less. The lone bad start came against the Mets, 6 ER in 4.2 innings. He hasn’t faced the Sox this season, but in 2017 in 3 starts he was 0-1 with a 3.63 ERA. In those 3 starts he gave up 11 Runs (7 ER) in 17.1 innings.


Brian Johnson — Career vs Toronto Blue Jays in 4 games (2 starts), 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 17 games (4 starts), 1-1 with a 4.23 ERA.


Toronto Blue Jays:

Aledmys Diaz —–

Curtis Granderson – Walk

Randal Grichuk —–

Teoscar Hernandez —–

Luke Maile – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) HR, 2 RBIs

Russell Martin – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) HR, RBI, Walk, 3 Ks

Kendrys Morales – 3 for 6 (.500 avg) 2 RBIs, 2 Ks

Dwight Smith Jr. —–

Justin Smoak – 3 for 5 (.600 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 3 RBIs, Walk

Yangervis Solarte – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg)

Devon Travis – 2 Walks


Marcus Stroman— Career vs Boston Red Sox in 10 starts, 4-2 with a 4.19 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 3 starts, 1-1 with a 3.26 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Mookie Betts – 7 for 26 (.269 avg) Double, 4 RBIs, 7 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 10 for 26 (.385 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, RBI, 7 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 16 (.063 avg) Double, 2 Walks, 5 Ks

Brock Holt – 5 for 20 (.250 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs, 4 Ks

Sandy Leon —–

Tzu-Wei Lin —–

J.D. Martinez – 0 for 3, K

Mitch Moreland – 5 for 9 (.556 avg) Double, 3 RBIs, 2 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 2 for 9 (.222 avg) HR, RBI

Steve Pearce – 4 for 7 (.571 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 Walks, 2 Ks

Blake Swihart – 2 for 4 (.500 avg) RBI, 2 Walks

Sam Travis —–

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