8/7 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Game 1 in Toronto

Drew Pomeranz
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz (31) bites on the tip of his finger during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in New York, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Going into the Sox Yankees series, all the Sox had to do was at split the 4 games. They went above & beyond, taking all 4 games in a brutalizing sweep. The icing on the cake erasing a 3 run deficit in the 9th, and then winning it in the 10th. But it will take some more time, for me to comfortably say the division belongs to the Red Sox. Wasn’t alive for 1978, but sure as hell was alive for the 2011 collapse. The Yankees don’t face a playoff contender until Sept 3 vs the A’s. The Sox this month have 2 games vs Philly, and 4 games vs Cleveland.

Drew Pomeranz takes the mound for the Sox, looking for his first quality start in quite awhile. While his start vs the Phillies was an improvement (5 innings, 2 runs), he still walked 4 batters and hit 2 of them. Add in the 4 hits he gave up, he played the role of Houdini by allowing just 2 runs. Pomeranz has now gone SIX straight starts of lasting 5 innings or lower. And just TWO of them has reached 5 innings. He has faced the Blue Jays once this season (May 13), lasting 4 innings and giving up 3 runs. The Sox won that game 5-3.

Marcus Stroman takes the ball for the rebuilding Blue Jays. Last year in 33 starts, Stroman easily had the best season of his career. He had eclipsed 200 innings for the 2nd consecutive season, and posted a solid ERA of 3.09. For this season?? He has a dreadful ERA of 5.63 across 15 starts, while spending some time on the DL. His WHIP of 1.49 and opp avg of .287 makes him a prime candidate for the Sox to bat around against. Stroman has faced the Red Sox once this season (July 15), he took the loss as he gave up 4 Runs (3 ER) in 5 innings.

He is coming off of a beating against the A’s, pounded for 7 Runs in 5 innings. Previously he did have a good run going. In a stretch of 6 times in 9 starts, he allowed 2 Runs or less. When he is off, he really off. In those other 3 starts he gave up a combined 17 Runs in 14.2 innings.


Drew Pomeranz — Career vs Toronto Blue Jays in 9 games (7 starts), 3-2 with a 4.32 ERA. Career at Rogers Centre in 5 games (4 starts), 2-1 with a 3.74 ERA.


Toronto Blue Jays:

Aledmys Diaz —–

Brandon Drury – 0 for 3, RBI, 2 Ks

Curtis Granderson – 0 for 2, Walk

Randal Grichuk —–

Teoscar Hernandez – 2 for 5 (.400 avg) Double, 2 RBIs

Luke Maile – 4 for 8 (.500 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs, 4 Ks

Russell Martin – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, K

Kendrys Morales – 2 for 9 (.222 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, 5 Walks, 2 Ks

Kevin Pillar – 2 for 16 (.125 avg) Double, 3 Ks

Justin Smoak – 5 for 12 (.417 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs, 6 Walks, 2 Ks

Yangervis Solarte – 0 for 9, Walk, 2 Ks

Devon Travis – 0 for 1


Marcus Stroman — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 11 starts, 4-3 with a 4.28 ERA. Career at Rogers Centre in 57 games (53 starts), 22-14 with a 3.46 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 4 for 8 (.500 avg) Double, Walk

Mookie Betts – 7 for 29 (.241 avg) Double, 4 RBIs, 8 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 11 for 29 (.379 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, 7 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 2 for 18 (.111 avg) 2 Doubles, RBI, 2 Walks, 5 Ks

Dan Butler —–

Brock Holt – 6 for 22 (.273 avg) 2 Doubles, 3 RBIs, 5 Ks

Sandy Leon – 2 for 2 (1.000 avg) Double

J.D. Martinez – 0 for 5, Walk, 2 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 5 for 11 (.455 avg) Double, 3 RBIs, 2 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 2 for 11 (.182 avg) HR, RBI

Steve Pearce – 4 for 9 (.444 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 Walks, 3 Ks

Tony Renda —–

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