While reporters like Rob Bradford & Ian Browne beamed that last night was a playoff atmosphere, it didn’t look all that positive on the Red Sox’s end. Rick Porcello allowed 5 Runs (3 HRs) in an eventual 5-4 loss. That was the same exact outcome in his playoff start against them two years ago. The Sox offense collected 13 hits and drew 3 Walks, and yet were only able to score 4 Runs. There was also more baserunning woes as Brock was caught stealing. Before this season, the most times he had been caught stealing in a season was three times. This season he has been caught stealing 6 out of 12 times.
Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound for the Sox, in his 5th start in a Sox uniform. His first two start for the Sox were dominant, 15 shutout innings. Then he followed that up with a 2 inning clunker against the Orioles. Last time out against the Phillies, he pitched 5 innings and allowed 3 Runs (1 ER). He could’ve gone longer, but playing in a NL park hampered that and he was pinch hit for.
Eovaldi last faced the Indians on July 10, 2016 in a Yankees uniform. Tanaka had an early exit after getting battered for 7 Runs. Eovaldi came in relief and pitched 4.1 scoreless innings, getting the win.
Shane Bieber takes the ball for the Indians. The 23 year old rookie has had some bumps along the way (7.33 ERA in July), but has had a number of good starts as a member of the Indians rotation. Rebounding from a tough month of July, Bieber has posted a 2.70 ERA in three August starts. Like Eovaldi, batters have to work to get a walk off of him (15 Walks in 68 innings). But he is prone to giving up hits in bunches, allowing 81 hits. That equates to an opp .295 avg and 1.41 WHIP.
Nathan Eovaldi — Career vs Cleveland Indians in 3 games (2 starts), 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 6 starts, 4-0 with a 3.03 ERA.
Yonder Alonso – 3 for 10 (.300 avg) 2 Doubles, RBI, 2 Walks, K
Michael Brantley – 0 for 5, RBI, K
Melky Cabrera – 3 for 7 (.429 avg) 2 RBIs
Rajai Davis – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Double, Walk, K
Yan Gomes – 4 for 8 (.500 avg) Double
Brandon Guyer – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) Double, 2 Ks
Jason Kipnis – 2 for 4 (.500 avg) Walk, K
Francisco Lindor – 0 for 2, 2 Walks, K
Jose Ramirez – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) K
Shane Bieber — First career start against the Boston Red Sox.
Bieber hasn’t previously faced any of the current Red Sox batters.