9/7 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Game 1 vs Astros: October Preview

DAVID PRICE VS GERRIT COLE

 

If I were to tell you that the 2018 Red Sox would have 97 Wins, you’d pump your fists and say “Hell yea, what a great season”. I would then say “Hold up, you interrupted me. On the morning of September 7, the Sox would have 97 Wins.” With 21 games remaining, a 9.5 game lead and magic number of 13, the division is just about wrapped up. It would take a historic of historic slumps for the Sox, and the Yankees going on a 2007 Rockies run to accomplish this feat.

Before the Sox face the likes of the Blue Jays and lowly Mets, they will first face off a likely playoff opponent in the Houston Astros. Houston has a 3.5 game lead over the high flying Oakland A’s… Oakland is 50-21 since June 16 (best MLB record)… If they keep stranglehold on the division, they will take on the Indians in the ALDS. However if the A’s were to take the West, the Wild Card matchup would have been what no one was expecting — Houston Astros vs New York Yankees.

David Price takes the mound for the Sox in his return from getting a 100 mph liner off of his hand. Praise to the baseball Gods as this was nothing serious, the only thing needed was rest. He had been on a ridiculous run since the All-Star break before exiting his start vs the Marlins.

7 starts (4-0, 1.62 ERA)

44.1 innings, 34 Hits, 8 Runs, 2 HRs, 7 Walks, 43 Ks

Gerrit Cole takes the ball for the Astros. He has been better than advertised, switching leagues after playing his first five seasons in a Pirates uniform. On the year, Cole is 13-5 with a 2.86 ERA (10th best in MLB) and his strikeout numbers are just off the charts…. 243 punchouts in 176.1 innings. Only his teammate Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer have more Ks.

The month of August was the month he “scuffled” the most, as his ERA was 4.30 across five starts. It seems to be he is potentially having the Chris Sale effect. A lot of strikeouts is flashy and fun to watch. But the more Ks you get, the more pitches is can take you to get through starts. He has pitched more than six innings just 3 times in the last 13 starts. So working the count against him might be a solid gameplan against him.


David Price — Career vs Houston Astros in 11 games (9 starts), 6-2 with a 2.95 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 48 games (45 starts), 24-7 with a 3.12 ERA.


Houston Astros:

Jose Altuve – 8 for 22 (.364 avg) Double, Walk, 6 Ks

Alex Bregman – 2 for 5 (.400 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, Walk, K

Carlos Correa – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) HR, RBI, 2 Walks, 2 Ks

J.D. Davis —–

Evan Gattis – 1 for 7 (.143 avg) Triple, RBI, 3 Ks

Marwin Gonzalez – 2 for 8 (.250 avg) Triple, RBI, 2 Ks

Yuli Gurriel – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) Double

Tony Kemp – 0 for 1, K

Martin Maldonado – 3 for 13 (.231 avg) Double, 4 RBIs, Walk, 4 Ks

Jake Marisnick – 1 for 10 (.100 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, 5 Ks

Brian McCann – 11 for 32 (.344 avg) 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, Walk, 4 Ks

Josh Reddick – 0 for 9, 2 Ks

George Springer – 5 for 21 (.238 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, Walk, 12 Ks

Max Stassi – 0 for 2, K

Tyler White – 0 for 3, Walk, 2 Ks


Gerrit Cole — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 3 starts, 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA. That is 10 ER off of 18 Hits in 19 innings. He has walked just 2 batters while striking out 16. Career at Fenway Park in 1 start, 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA. That start saw him give up 5 ER in 5 innings.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) HR, 3 RBIs, Walk, 2 Ks

Mookie Betts – 2 for 5 (.400 avg) RBI, Walk

Xander Bogaerts – 0 for 8, K

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 2 for 8 (.250 avg) Triple, K

Rafael Devers – 0 for 3, 2 Ks

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

Ian Kinsler – 2 for 22 (.091 avg) Double, RBI, 6 Ks

Sandy Leon – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) K

Tzu-Wei Lin —–

J.D. Martinez – 3 for 9 (.333 avg) HR, RBI, 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 1 for 8 (.125 avg) HR, RBI, 4 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 2 for 6 (.333 avg)

Steve Pearce —–

Brandon Phillips – 11 for 25 (.440 avg) HR, 5 RBIs, 3 Ks

Blake Swihart —–

Sam Travis —–

Christian Vazquez – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) K

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