9/8 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups: Game 2 vs Houston

 

Last night was quite the frustrating loss as the Sox fell to the Astros 3-2. In what had a playoff atmosphere, and tons of Astros fans, it had all the mojo of an October night. For the first 6.1 innings it was all momentum for the Sox. The offense put up 2 runs, but lead felt bigger because of how great Price had pitched. A stat line of 6.1 shutout innings and 10 punchouts against the Astros will gladly take any day of the week. But at same time the offense did squander multiple threats (9 men left on base). Benintendi had stranded five baserunners, while Bogaerts stranded six (including bases loaded).

And lastly the bullpen again was obliterated. Brasier and Kelly undid the lead in quite a fast turn of events (1.2 inning, 6 Hits, 4 Runs). Thornburg came in the 9th to pitch a scoreless inning, albeit pitching around two hits. One of the few silver linings about the game was that Price pitched 6.1 innings. This was the longest start by a Sox starter since Price himself pitched 8 innings vs the Indians. The team had twelve consecutive games of the starters going 5.2 innings (Rodriguez) or less.

Eduardo Rodriguez takes the mound for the Sox, looking to build off of the solid start by Price and perhaps go a little bit longer. There is nothing else to say about Eduardo’s return to the rotation after being sidelined for seven long weeks. Last Saturday’s start of 5.1 innings, 12 Ks was electrifying. If not for pitch count, he most definitely would have at least pitched six full innings. But it was the right call to take him out for preservation. His last four starts have been as solid as they come.

4 starts (3-0, 0.41 ERA)

22.2 innings, 13 Hits, 1 Run, 5 Walks, 28 Ks

Charlie Morton takes the ball for the Astros, coming off of being on the DL. Morton last season came out of nowhere leading the charge in the Astros’ 2017 World Series Run. In his last year under contract with Houston, Morton has been having an even better season compiling a 3.14 ERA to go with a 13-3 record. In his age 35 season, Morton is posting his highest strikeout mark ever. This isn’t normal. Before 2017 his highest strikeout count was 126 Ks in 157.1 innings. In 2017 he struck out 163 in 146.2 innings…. this season he has struck out 185 in 152 innings.

Another remarkable stat is that Morton is very very stingy on giving up the longball. From June to August he had served up just 7 HRs across 15 starts.


Eduardo Rodriguez — Career vs Houston Astros in 2 starts, 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA. In those two starts he has gotten rocked to a tune of 6 Runs off of 12 Hits & 4 walks in 6.2 innings, while striking out 10 batters. Career at Fenway Park in 43 starts, 14-10 with a 4.33 ERA.


Houston Astros:

Jose Altuve – 2 for 5 (.400 avg) Double, 2 Ks

Alex Bregman – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, K

Carlos Correa – 3 for 3 (1.000 avg) 2 Walks

J.D. Davis —–

Evan Gattis – 0 for 4, 2 Ks

Marwin Gonzalez – 3 for 3 (1.000 avg) Double, 3 RBIs

Yuli Gurriel – 0 for 1

Tony Kemp —–

Martin Maldonado – 0 for 2, K

Jake Marisnick – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) RBI

Brian McCann – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) 2 Walks

Josh Reddick – 0 for 2, K

George Springer – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) Walk

Max Stassi —–

Tyler White —–


Charlie Morton — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 3 starts, 2-1 with a 4.60 ERA. In those three starts he has given up 8 ER in 15.2 innings off of 17 Hits, walking just 3 while striking out 17. Career at Fenway Park in 1 start, 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA. In that lone start he gave up 2 ER in 5.1 innings, walking none and striking out 4 batters.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 2 for 5 (.400 avg) Double, HR, RBI, 2 Ks

Mookie Betts – 0 for 4, Walk

Xander Bogaerts – 3 for 9 (.333 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 0 for 5, 2 Ks

Rafael Devers – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Double, RBI

Brock Holt – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Triple, 2 RBIs, K

Ian Kinsler – 3 for 7 (.429 avg) Double, 2 Walks

Sandy Leon – 0 for 4, 4 Ks

Tzu-Wei Lin —–

J.D. Martinez – 2 for 9 (.222 avg) 3 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 3 for 4 (.750 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs, Walk

Eduardo Nunez – 2 for 2 (1.000 avg)

Steve Pearce – 4 for 7 (.571 avg) 2 RBIs, Walk, K

Brandon Phillips – 13 for 43 (.302 avg) 2 Doubles, 4 RBIs, 2 Walks, 6 Ks

Blake Swihart – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI, K

Sam Travis —–

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

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