8/14 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Game 1 in Philadelphia

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After Jacob DeGrom confounded the Yankees bats with 12 strikeouts, and the METS offense chasing away Severino in 4 innings, the lead over NY grew to an even 10 games. The magic number is 34 now. It’s quite remarkable that with the Astros 4 game losing streak, the Yankees have the 2nd best record in baseball. And they are 10 games behind Boston.

Blake Swihart (.412 avg in July) makes his return from the disabled list tonight. Dan Butler is out of options, so the team had to DFA him. But there’s a good bet he will clear waivers, and report back to Pawtucket. We will see him again when rosters expand.

Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Sox. His last start was the 2nd worst of 2018 as he got pounded for 7 runs in 4 innings. His worst was last month getting torched for 8 runs in 2 innings. Both of these starts coming against the Blue Jays. Against everyone else this season he has a 3.38 ERA. Porcello has given up 3 ER or less in 16 of his 24 starts this season. Most notably just 2 starts removed from his 9 inning dominance over the Yankees. He has been away from Fenway Park this season, 3.81 ERA as opposed to a 4.57 ERA at home.

Nick Pivetta takes the ball for the Phillies. Pivetta debuted last year and despite some overall solid starts, his season ended with an ERA of 6.02. This season Pivetta has shown some growth, thus far posting a 4.51 ERA and improved strikeout rate. In 2017 he struck out 140 in 133 innings, this season he has struck out 147 in 119.2 innings. His last time out was a win against the D-Backs, pitching 6 shutout innings.


Rick Porcello — Career vs Philadelphia Phillies in 3 starts, 1-1 with a 5.50 ERA. That is 11 ER in 18 innings, walking 5 batters & striking out 11. Career at Citizens Bank Park in 1 start, 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. That was a quality start, giving up 3 ER in 6 innings.


Philadelphia Phillies:

Jorge Alfaro —–

Justin Bour – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)

Asdrubal Cabrera – 17 for 56 (.304 avg) 3 Doubles, 2 RBIs, 3 Walks, 7 Ks

J.P. Crawford —–

Maikel Franco – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI

Cesar Hernandez —–

Odubel Herrera – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) K

Rhys Hoskins —–

Scott Kingery —–

Andrew Knapp – 0 for 3, K

Nick Pivetta —–

Roman Quinn —–

Carlos Santana – 12 for 41 (.293 avg) 2 Doubles, 3 HRs, 4 RBIs, 5 Walks, 10 Ks

Nick Williams —–


Nick Pivetta — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 1 start, 0.00 ERA. In a June 15 start from last year, Pivetta outdueled Chris Sale in a 1-0 outing. This was the outing that Sale had gotten a leadoff double in the 8th, and they still couldn’t score. Career at Citizens Bank Park in 25 games (24 starts), 8-8 with a 4.73 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 0 for 2, Walk, 2 Ks

Mookie Betts – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)

Xander Bogaerts – 0 for 3, 2 Ks

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

Rafael Devers —–

Brock Holt —–

Sandy Leon – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Walk

J.D. Martinez —–

Mitch Moreland – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) K

Eduardo Nunez —–

Steve Pearce —–

Rick Porcello —–

Blake Swihart —–

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