8/9 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Going for Sweep in Toronto

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The Red Sox look to close out their final season series in Toronto, with a sweep and win streak running to 7 games. On August 9, the Sox are just 19 Wins away from 100, and there is still 47 games left of the season. Unreal. We’re not far off from talking Magic Numbers.

Brian Johnson last night all in all had a solid start. He pitched 6 innings of 2 run ball, then came out for the 7th and gave up a 3 run bomb. Hindsight you’d say that a reliever should have been warming prior to it starting. But it is what it is. Alex Cora will soon announce who will stay in the rotation, Drew Pomeranz or Brain Johnson.

Rafael Devers in his first game back, bust it out right away with a double in his first AB and then a 2 Run HR. When Swihart and Kinsler are back, the lineup is gonna look a whole lot deeper.

Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Sox. In what was possibly the best start of his career, Porcello pitched a brilliant 1 hit 1 Run complete game against the Yankees. He only needed 86 pitches, and was one batter removed from having a no hitter. And to top off how solid of a game this was…. are you sitting down? A Red Sox Yankees game got done in 2 hours 15 minutes. He is going for his 15th Win of the season. Not only does he lead the Sox in Wins, but he’d also tie with Scherzer and Severino for most Wins of the season.

Porcello has faced the Blue Jays three times this season, going 1-1 with a 7.47 ERA. Eight of the fourteen runs he has given up, came in a two inning 8 run rout earlier this month.

Ryan Borucki takes the ball for the Blue Jays. Making his major league debut on June 26, he has had a quietly solid rookie campaign in 7 starts. He has had just one bad start, that came against the Red Sox. That start has been the only time he has given up more than 2 Runs!! Also the only start of pitching fewer than 6 innings. Borucki is coming off of his best start by far, delivering 8 shutout innings vs the Wild Card contender Seattle Mariners.


Rick Porcello — Career vs Toronto Blue Jays in 24 games (23 starts), 10-10 with a 5.26 ERA. Career at Rogers Centre in 12 games (11 starts), 4-6 with a 4.87 ERA.


Toronto Blue Jays:

Aledmys Diaz – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) 2 Ks

Curtis Granderson – 6 for 22 (.273 avg) Double, 4 RBIs, Walk, 6 Ks

Randal Grichuk – 0 for 2, Walk, K

Teoscar Hernandez – 1 for 8 (.125 avg) Walk, 2 Ks

Luke Maile – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) Double, RBI, 2 Ks

Russell Martin – 6 for 35 (.171 avg) HR, RBI, 3 Walks, 8 Ks

Kendry Morales – 9 for 41 (.220 avg) Double, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, 5 Walks, 7 Ks

Kevin Pillar – 12 for 44 (.273 avg) 6 Doubles, 5 RBIs, Walk, 10 Ks

Justin Smoak – 10 for 37 (.270 avg) 2 Doubles, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs, 7 Walks, 11 Ks

Yangervis Solarte – 1 for 7 (.143 avg) 2 Ks

Devon Travis – 5 for 21 (.238 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, K

Richard Urena —–


Ryan Borucki — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 1 start, 12.00 ERA. In this No Decision, he gave up 7 Runs (4 ER) in 3 innings. In Porcello’s worst start of the season, that saved Borucki from getting the loss in an eventual 13-7 Sox Win. Career at Rogers Centre in 3 starts, 0-1 with a 1.35 ERA. That is 5 Runs (3 ER) in 20 innings, striking out 15 while walking only 2 batters.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi —–

Mookie Betts – 2 for 2 (1.000 avg) 2 Triples, 2 RBIs, Walk

Xander Bogaerts – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) RBI, Walk, K

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) RBI, K

Dan Butler —–

Rafael Devers —–

Brock Holt – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI, 2 Ks

Sandy Leon – 0 for 2, K

J.D. Martinez – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)

Mitch Moreland – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) RBI, Walk

Eduardo Nunez – 0 for 2

Steve Pearce —–

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