There have now been two hardened losses this past week, last night was even more tough to take as bases were loaded in the 9th of a 2-1 loss. Alex Cora revealed today that Mitch Moreland has been dealing with a sore knee, so that answers why he was never brought out to pinch hit. The Red Sox’s lead is 4.5 games.

Chris Sale takes the mound for the Sox, continuing his Cy Young campaign as Yankees’ Luis Severino has started to falter in the past month. Sale’s ERA of 2.13 is first in the AL, and 2nd lowest in baseball (DeGrom at ridiculous 1.71). His 197 Ks lead all of baseball, and will get to 200 in no time whatsoever. The last 2 months have been nothing but “Pedro-esque”

9 starts (6-2, )

60 innings, 35 Hits, 9 runs, 1 HR, 11 Walks, 93 Ks

Sale has faced the Twins once this season. On June 19 in a No Decision, he allowed 2 ER in 7 innings, walking 1 and striking out 11 batters.

Lance Lynn takes the ball for the Twins in what has been the worst season of his career. In Lynn’s first 6 seasons in the majors, his ERA’s have been 3.12, 3.78, 3.97, 2.74, 3.03 and 3.43 ERA. Lynn’s ERA after 19 starts with Minnesota is at 5.23, with a new career high WHIP of 1.66. Last season he set a career high of walks with 78 in 186.1 innings. He already has 61 Walks in 96.1 innings. Looks like he should have stayed in the NL. Speaking of the walks, his last time out saw him walk 6 Royals batters in 5 innings. The Royals FYI have the 3rd worst OBP of .301.

Lynn has faced the Sox once this season. On June 20 he got the Win as he threw 5 scoreless innings. The Sox offense had multiple chances as they collected 3 Hits, 5 walks and a Twins error.


Chris Sale — Career vs Minnesota Twins in 27 games (19 starts), 10-6 with a 4.12 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 27 games (24 starts), 12-6 with a 2.93 ERA.


Minnesota Twins:

Ehire Adrianza – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) RBI, 3 Ks

Brian Dozier – 12 for 44 (.273 avg) 4 Doubles, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs, 2 Walks, 12 Ks

Jake Cave —–

Eduardo Escobar – 7 for 30 (.233 avg) 3 Doubles, 5 RBIs, 8 Ks

Mitch Garver – 0 for 3, K

Robbie Grossman – 2 for 13 (.154 avg) 3 Walks, 7 Ks

Max Kepler – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Double, K

Joe Mauer – 8 for 41 (.195 avg) 2 Doubles, 3 RBIs, Walk, 12 Ks

Logan Morrison – 5 for 15 (.333 avg) HR, RBI, 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Jorge Polanco – 3 for 10 (.300 avg) Double, 4 RBIs, 4 Ks

Eddie Rosario – 5 for 13 (.385 avg) RBI, 4 Ks

Bobby Wilson —–


Lance Lynn — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 4 starts, 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA. That is 9 Runs (4 ER) in 24 innings. Career at Fenway Park in 1 start, 1.50 ERA. In that No-Decision he went 6 innings, allowing 2 Runs (1 ER), walking 3 and striking out 3.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 7 (.143 avg) Walk

Mookie Betts – 4 for 8 (.500 avg) HR, 3 RBIs

Xander Bogaerts – 1 for 11 (.091 avg) Double, 2 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) HR, RBI, 3 Walks

Rafael Devers – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double, 2 Walks, K

Brock Holt – 0 for 4, Walk, 2 Ks

Sandy Leon – 0 for 1, Walk

J.D. Martinez – 2 for 14 (.143 avg) RBI, 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) 2 Walks, K

Eduardo Nunez – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)

Steve Pearce – 0 for 1

Blake Swihart —–

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