With a division lead of 10.5 games with 15 left to play, and a Magic Number of 6, the Sox are destined to wrap up the division next week. Looking like Yankees fans will have to see Sox players high five each other on the field of Yankee Stadium, celebrating their third consecutive division title. Eduardo bounced back nicely to a six inning innings of one run ball, walking one and striking out seven. Eduardo was pulled after throwing just 78 pitches. Maybe this is in part to (1) conserve bullets from Rodriguez and (2) work out kinks for the bullpen.

That bullpen blew their 10th save since the Break (most in the AL). Brasier threw a perfect 7th inning on just 10 pitches. Poyner came in the 8th for 2 outs, giving up a run but leaving with the Sox having a 1 run lead…. In came Joe Kelly — Walk, single, hit batter, hit batter (bases loaded RBI). Kelly hasn’t done himself any favors this month as Cora decides on the postseason roster. In April & May he was electric throwing 25.2 innings of one run ball…. Since then?….

42 appearances (1-2, 3 blown saves, 6.15 ERA)

35.1 innings, 40 Hits, 26 Runs (24 ER), 4 HRs, 20 Walks, 34 Ks

Hector Velazquez was scheduled to throw tonight for the Red Sox, but was scratched due to illness. Instead, William Cuevas will be making his first career MLB start. He has posted a 3.68 ERA this season with the Red Sox.

Noah Syndergaard takes the ball for the Mets. One of the few positive things you can say about the Mets, is you gotta love their starters. DeGrom is in another world, and we will see him in a classic matchup of him vs Sale…. even if Sale only goes several innings, it’s still appointment viewing. Syndergaard last year made just 7 starts. For the 2018 season in 21 starts, he’s had a good year coming back from injury, albeit hits and walks are up a tad.

Thor brings a 3.44 ERA against the Sox offense that seems stuck in neutral. Aaron Sanchez and Sam Gaviglio have both had underwhelming seasons with ERAs around 5, and yet both of them did solid efforts against the Sox bats. A fire at some point has to be lit under them to get them going. JD Martinez looks to be coming around with the longball, now hitting two of them in last four games. Mookie though needs to get going. This month he has hit .324, but with 0 HRs and just 1 RBI in 10 games.

William Cuevas— First career MLB start, 3.68 ERA this season.

New York Mets:

No current Mets players have previously faced Cuevas before.

Noah Syndergaard — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 1 start, 5.40 ERA. In that No Decision, he allowed 4 ER off of 6 Hits in 6.2 innings, walking one and striking out three Sox batters. This is his first career start at Fenway Park.

Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi —–

Mookie Betts – 0 for 3, K

Xander Bogaerts – 2 for 3 (.667 avg)

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) Double, RBI

Rafael Devers —–

Brock Holt – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) K

Ian Kinsler – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) K

Sandy Leon —–

Tzu-Wei Lin —–

J.D. Martinez – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) Double

Mitch Moreland —–

Eduardo Nunez – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) K

Steve Pearce —–

Brandon Phillips – 4 for 12 (.333 avg) 2 Ks

Blake Swihart – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)

Sam Travis —–

Christian Vazquez —–