It has been a wild & crazy past several days for the 93-42 Boston Red Sox. On Tuesday they were cruising toward a comfortable regular 4-1 win, bullpen meltdown & lead changes ensued in an eventual Sox victory. Then on Wednesday with the Sox trailing 5-3 in the 7th, they erupted for a ridiculous 11 run rout. Last night at one point had the Yankees beating the Tigers 7-5, while the Sox trailed 4-0 to start off 7th inning….. Yankees fans grumbled as Betances gave up 3 runs to take the loss, and the Sox rallied for four runs in the 7th and five runs in the 9th.
On August 31 with 27 games left to play, the division lead is 8.5 games and the magic number is down to 20.
Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound for the Red Sox. Despite being down Sale and potentially Price for a start or two, the 8.5 game lead makes it more comfortable for the Sox to give starts to Eovaldi/Johnson/Velazquez. Eovaldi started off brilliantly in a Red Sox uniform, to the tune of 15 shutout innings (8 coming vs New York). Since then, not so hot…..
4 starts (0-2, 6.35 ERA)
17 innings, 35 Hits, 21 Runs (14 ER), 2 HRs, 3 Walks, 12 Ks
Recently Eovaldi got some tips from the one and only Pedro, so gotta hope he takes those to heart and performs.
Michael Kopech takes the ball for the White Sox. The highly touted Red Sox pitching prospect was dealt along with Yoan Moncada for Chris Sale. That trade was one where majority of a teams’ fans can pretty much all agree it’s a win for the organization. One minor blip is some frustration that since Clay Buchholz debuted, the Sox tried & failed numerous times on grooming starting pitcher prospects. Kopech seems to be the one that was going to end that drought.
He is coming off of his first major league Win. Opposing the Tigers, Kopech threw six innings of one run ball. Through his first eight innings as a major league pitcher, he has yet to walk a batter.
Nathan Eovaldi — Career vs Chicago White Sox in 2 games (1 start), 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA. Both games took place at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Chicago White Sox:
Tim Anderson – 0 for 1
Asivail Garcia – 0 for 3, Walk, K
Yolmer Sanchez – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double
**Anderson, Garcia and Sanchez are only active White Sox players to have previously faced Eovaldi.
Michael Kopech — First career start vs the Boston Red Sox. Kopech has made one start at Guaranteed Rate Field, which was his MLB debut. Because of a rain delay, he only lasted two innings against the Twins. While he gave up 3 hits and hit a batter, still didn’t allow any runs and struck out four Twins batters.