7/26 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Start of 4 Game Twins Series

 

After a frustrating rain soaked night where 3 Sox HRs in 2 innings were erased, the Sox begin a 4 game series with the Twins and a 10 game homestand. Sox Yankees rivalry is definitely alive & reborn. Yankees acquire Bitton. Sox acquire Eovaldi. Yankees have just acquired JA Happ. Sox still have at least one more move in them, getting an arm for the bullpen. Next 2 months is gonna be an all out battle for the AL East crown.

Brian Johnson takes the mound for the Sox, in what could be his last start for the time being. With Eovaldi being acquired, Johnson is being sent to the bullpen. Pomeranz will stay in the rotation, but “for now” would be a good terminology. Johnsons has been one of the better pitches on the Sox staff these last 2 months. In 27.1 innings he has allowed a total of 7 ER, which is a 2.32 ERA and has allowed just 2 HRs in that span. His last time out came against the Tigers, pitching 5 innings of 2 run ball (both unearned). The offense didn’t show up and they lost 5-0.

Kyle Gibson takes the mound for the Twins. After back to back seasons of having ridiculously the same ERA of 5.07, Gibson has had a solid bounce back year with a 3.57 ERA. His ERA, WHIP (1.22) and opp avg of .228 are all easily the best marks of his career. Gibson has faced the Sox once this season. On June 21 he allowed 2 Runs in 6 innings. His offense didn’t show up, and then his bullpen imploded as the Sox routed them for 7 runs in an eventual 9-2 defeat.


Brian Johnson — Career vs Minnesota Twins in 1 game, 9.00 ERA. That is 1 relief appearance, giving up 1 ER in 1 inning. Career at Fenway Park in 18 games (5 starts), 1-1 with a 4.20 ERA.


Minnesota Twins:

Ehire Adrianza – 0 for 1, K

Jake Cave —–

Brian Dozier – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) Double, RBI

Eduardo Escobar – 0 for 1, K

Mitch Garver —–

Robbie Grossman —–

Max Kepler —–

Joe Mauer —–

Logan Morrison – 0 for 1

Jorge Polanco —–

Eddie Rosario – Walk

Bobby Wilson —–


Kyle Gibson — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 5 starts, 1-3 with a 3.06 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 3 starts, 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA. In 20.2 innings at Fenway, he has allowed 6 Runs (4 ER), and striking out 16 batters while only walking 2 in that stretch.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) 2 Ks

Mookie Betts – 6 for 12 (.500 avg) 3 HRs, 4 RBIs

Xander Bogaerts – 4 for 15 (.267 avg) Double, RBI, 3 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 2 for 12 (.167 avg) Double, HR, 4 RBIs, 3 Ks

Rafael Devers – 0 for 3, 2 Ks

Brock Holt – 1 for 8 (.125 avg) Walk, 2 Ks

Sandy Leon – 3 for 6 (.500 avg) RBI, Walk

J.D. Martinez – 9 for 27 (.333 avg) Double, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 3 Walks, 9 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 2 for 11 (.182 avg) Walk, 3 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 0 for 1, Walk

Steve Pearce – 0 for 3

Blake Swihart —–

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