9/11 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Game 1 vs Toronto

SALE DAY!!!

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Sunday was a great day for New England to take a deep breath before starting another work week. The Patriots outlasted the Texans 27-20, and the Sox overcame another blown save to win it in the bottom of the 9th inning. There is now 18 games left to play, the lead over NY at 8 games and the Magic Number sits at 11. With a Sox’s win, or losses by both Tampa Bay & Seattle, the Red Sox will officially clinch a playoff spot. AKA no 2011 repeat, where Sox players and fans had to come to grips that there would be no baseball for six long months.

Chris Sale takes the mound for the Sox. Making his first start in over four weeks, this will be a gentle ease back into the rotation. With October lights looming and comfortable lead, the Sox are going with the Tampa Bay method of having the start be an opener. Chris Sale starts the game, and Eovaldi will be the first pitcher to back him up. Even with his extended absence, Sale still ranks 3rd in the AL for strikeouts (219 in 146 innings). His Cy Young chances are pretty much long gone, but all that matters is having Chris Sale be “Chris Sale” in October.

Ryan Borucki takes the ball for the Blue Jays, in the 14th start for the 24 year old southpaw. While he carried a 3.52 ERA through his first four starts, his nine starts since the break has been a rough patch. Silver lining for him is that he’s done a better job on limiting walks.

9 starts (3-3, 4.82 ERA)

46.2 innings, 53 Hits, 28 Runs (25 ER), 5 HRs, 13 Walks, 24 Ks


Chris Sale — Career vs Toronto Blue Jays in 14 games (11 starts), 7-3 with a 2.30 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 28 games (25 starts), 12-6 with a 2.82 ERA.


Toronto Blue Jays:

Jonathan Davis —–

Aledmys Diaz —–

Randal Grichuk – 3 for 7 (.429 avg) Double, HR, RBI, K

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – 0 for 6, 3 Ks

Teoscar Hernandez – 2 for 8 (.250 avg) Double, HR, RBI, 2 Walks, 4 Ks

Danny Jansen —–

Luke Maile – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, 3 Ks

Russell Martin – 0 for 14, 3 Ks

Reese McGuire —–

Billy McKinney —–

Kendrys Morales – 11 for 38 (.289 avg) 3 Doubles, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, Walk, 10 Ks

Kevin Pillar – 7 for 28 (.250 avg) 2 Doubles, RBI, 6 Ks

Dwight Smith Jr. —–

Justin Smoak – 6 for 26 (.231 avg) Double, HR, RBI, 3 Walks, 7 Ks

Yangervis Solarte – 0 for 8, 2 Ks

Rowdy Tellez —–

Devon Travis – 3 for 12 (.250 avg) HR, RBI, 2 Ks

Richard Urena – 0 for 2, K


Ryan Borucki — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 2 starts, 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA. In those two starts, the Sox batters have hit him around for 11 Runs (8 ER) off of 17 Hits in just 8 innings. He has 7 Walks and 7 Ks in that short span. Career at Fenway Park in 1 start, 12.00 ERA. In that No Decision, he gave up 7 Runs (4 ER) in 3 innings, walking four batters and striking out five.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)

Mookie Betts – 5 for 5 (1.000 avg) Double, 3 Triples, 2 RBIs, Walk

Xander Bogaerts – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI, 3 Walks, K

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) RBI, 2 Ks

Rafael Devers —–

Brock Holt – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) 2 RBIs, 3 Ks

Ian Kinsler —–

Sandy Leon – 0 for 4, K

Tzu-Wei Lin —–

J.D. Martinez – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) HR, RBI

Mitch Moreland – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) RBI, Walk

Eduardo Nunez – 3 for 5 (.600 avg) 2 RBIs

Steve Pearce – 0 for 2, Walk

Brandon Phillips —–

Blake Swihart —–

Sam Travis – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) Double, Walk

Christian Vazquez —–

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