9/4 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Game 2 in Atlanta

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Just like that on September 4th, the Sox have an 8.5 game  lead with 23 games to go. The magic number to clinch the playoffs is at 7, and the magic number to clinch the division has dwindled down to 16. The Sox offense yesterday took advantage of the 10 Hits & 6 Walks given up by Atlanta pitching to put 8 Runs on the scoreboard, five of those came in the last two innings for much needed insurance.

While Eovaldi looked better, touching 101 mph on the radar gun, this was yet another short outing by a starter. In the last 10 games, there has been only three times where a starter has reached 5 innings (Porcello twice, Rodriguez once). The bullpen had a solid game of 5.2 innings of 2 run ball. But as the postseason draws nearer, you can’t keep asking the pen to throw that much a game.

Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Sox. This is his fourth straight start of looking to get Win# 16. His last three have been of the scuffling variety.

(0-2, 6.35 ERA)

17 innings, 20 Hits, 12 Runs, 6 Walks, 21 Ks

Porcello is having success with swings and misses, noted with the 21 Ks in 17 innings. The first half he excelled with giving up just 14 longballs in 20 starts, the HR is obviously something that has hampered him throughout his career. Thus far in the 2nd half, he has served up 9 of them in 8 starts. Porcello last faced the Braves in 2016, it was a victory and a solid start overall — 6.1 innings, 4 Hits, 0 Runs, 2 Walks, 6 Ks.

Sean Newcomb takes the ball for the Braves. The 25 year old left-hander in his 2nd season in the majors (first full season), has registered a 3.85 ERA in 26 starts to go with an 11-7 record. But there has been down times, especially in recent times. In his last ten starts, five of them has seen him give up 5 ER or more. Before this stretch, his ERA was sitting at a solid mark of 2.71.

10 starts (3-5, 5.88 ERA)

52 innings, 53 Hits, 34 Runs, 9 HRs, 29 Walks, 48 Ks

Newcomb will walk guys. In his first two seasons, he has now walked 126 batters in just 245 innings pitched. This season (69 in 145 innings), he has walked less two batters just 4 times in 26 starts.


Rick Porcello — Career vs Atlanta Braves in 3 starts, 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA. That is 7 ER off of 15 Hits & 5 Walks in 19 innings, striking out 16 batters in that span. First career start at SunTrust Park.


Atlanta Braves:

Ronald Acuna Jr. —–

Lane Adams —–

Ozzie Albies —–

Johan Carmago —–

Charlie Culberson – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI, K

Lucas Duda – 1 for 12 (.083 avg) Double, 4 Ks

Adam Duvall – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)

Ryan Flaherty – 6 for 16 (.375 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, Walk, K

Tyler Flowers – 3 for 20 (.150 avg) Double, 2 Walks, 7 Ks

Freddie Freeman – 4 for 8 (.500 avg) RBI, Walk, K

Ender Inciarte —–

Nick Markakis – 11 for 29 (.379 avg) Double, HR, 3 RBIs, 4 Walks, 2 Ks

Sean Newcomb —–

Rene Rivera – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) K

Kurt Suzuki – 5 for 23 (.217 avg) 2 Doubles, 5 RBIs, 4 Walks, K

Dansby Swanson —–

Preston Tucker —–


Sean Newcomb — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 1 start, 9.00 ERA. The Brockton native lasted just 3 innings, giving up 3 runs off of 6 Hits & 4 Walks, striking out 4 batters. Career at SunTrust Park in 24 starts, 7-10 with a 4.60 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 2 (.500 avg)

Mookie Betts – 0 for 3, K

Xander Bogaerts – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) RBI, Walk

Jackie Bradley Jr. —–

Rafael Devers —–

Brock Holt —–

Ian Kinsler —–

Sandy Leon —–

Tzu-Wei Lin —–

J.D. Martinez – 0 for 1, Walk, K

Mitch Moreland – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Triple, K

Eduardo Nunez – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) K

Steve Pearce —–

Brandon Phillips —–

Rick Porcello —–

Blake Swihart – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) RBI, Walk

Sam Travis —–

Christian Vazquez – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Walk

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