7/31 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Game 2 vs Phillies

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In what felt like a game under the October lights, the Red Sox were carried by 8 dominating innings by Price, 5 shutout innings by the pen and Blake Swihart with the game winning hit. Swihart is riding a 10 game hitting streak. Coupled with Pearce, the Sox’s bench is looking more built for the playoffs.

As soon as the game ended, the Sox then announced that they had traded for Ian Kinsler. Reminiscent of 2004 trades for Orlando and Dougie, Kinsler immensely solidifies their infield defense. For DWAR, he is 2nd in baseball behind Kolten Wong. Eduardo Nunez is pretty much ranked as the worst defensive 2nd baseman in baseball. He is better utilized at 3rd base.

Drew Pomeranz…. takes the mound for the Red Sox. In what is looking like his probable last chance to stay in the rotation, he is given the assignment to square up vs the Phillies offense. Facing the Machado less Orioles offense, he lasted just 4.2 innings and gave up 4 Runs. The “two bad pitches” excuse is just plain wrong to toss out. Two bad pitches doesn’t excuse him from walking guys like Chris Davis (.245 obp), and leadoff walk to Caleb Joseph (.266 obp).

Jake Arrieta takes the ball for the Phillies. Three years removed from having a crazy run with a 1.77 ERA, Arrieta naturally has regressed. But still has posted good ERAs of 3.10, 3.53 and 3.45 currently. Overall has been a decent signing for the Phillies. Interesting to note that his WHIP of 1.26 and opp avg of .251 is the highest it has been since way back in 2013 with the Orioles. After having a “Damien” month of June… No seriously, his ERA was 6.66… Arrieta has bounced back in July with a 3-0 record in 5 starts with a 3.18 ERA.

Arrieta last faced the Red Sox last season in one start. He took the loss in what was an early exit to the showers.

4.1 innings, 10 Hits, 5 Runs, 1 HR, 3 Walks, 5 Ks


Drew Pomeranz — Career vs Philadelphia Phillies in 4 starts, 0-2 with a 3.60 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 31 games (27 starts), 11-7 with a 4.59 ERA.


Philadelphia Phillies:

Jorge Alfaro —–

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2 for 4 (.500 avg) Double, 2 RBIs

Maikel Franco – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) K

Cesar Hernandez – 0 for 3, K

Odubel Herrera – 0 for 1, 2 Walks, K

Rhys Hoskins —–

Scott Kingery —–

Andrew Knapp —–

Trevor Plouffe – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) 2 Walks, 2 Ks

Roman Quinn —–

Carlos Santana – 1 for 4 (.250 avg)

Nick Williams —–


Jake Arrieta — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 8 games (7 starts), 1-4 with a 5.27 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 5 games (4 starts), 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) HR, RBI, 2 Ks

Mookie Betts – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) Double

Xander Bogaerts – 0 for 5, Walk, K

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI, Walk, K

Brock Holt – 0 for 3, K

Ian Kinsler – 3 for 12 (.250 avg) HR, RBI, 2 Ks

Sandy Leon —–

J.D. Martinez – 1 for 9 (.111 avg) K

Mitch Moreland – 3 for 8 (.375 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 Walks

Eduardo Nunez – 3 for 8 (.375 avg) RBI, Walk, K

Steve Pearce – 1 for 7 (.143 avg) RBI, K

Blake Swihart —–

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