It has finally happened, the Sox last night clinched homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, and they also set a franchise record 106th win. Oddly enough against the Orioles, who set a franchise record 111th loss!! The last time a team has won this many games? That would be 17 years ago in 2001 when the Seattle Mariners came out of nowhere to win 116 games. Crazy to think that if the Sox were to win out the next 5 games, they would finish regular season with a 111-51 record.
Nathan Eovaldi is looking like a pitcher that’s primed & ready for the playoffs. In the month of September he has rebounded from a bad month of August (5.67 ERA in 6 starts).
4 games (3 starts) — (1-0, 1.50 ERA)
18 innings, 11 Hits, 3 Runs, 0 HRs, 8 Walks, 23 Ks
Like noted in yesterday’s matchups, his playoff role has yet to be determined. But with his improvement this month and how he has handled the Yankees (if the win WC), we could see him potentially starting in the ALDS in the Bronx. The bullpen behind him (E-Rod, Brasier, Barnes) pitched effectively well with 3.2 scoreless innings. Joe Kelly loaded the bases loaded with 0 outs, but luckily Brasier came in to fan the flames and allowed just one inherited runner to score.
The offense broke out quick to 6 Runs in the first 4 innings. But after having bases loaded 0 outs, the offense was squandered from that point going forward. Mookie Betts going 2 for 5 with a 2 Run HR further cemented his MVP standing, as his avg sits at .343 and is one steal away from being a 30-30 guy.
David Price takes the mound for the Sox. After having a rough start in the Bronx, Price looks to bounce back with his 16th Win of the season. Yankee Stadium has been Price’s house of horrors. With how the rotation is lined up, Price won’t have to pitch in Yankee Stadium again until at least April.
Price in 2018 (when not pitching in Yankee Stadium)
27 starts (15-5, 2.94 ERA)
162.1 innings, 131 Hits, 58 Runs (53 ER), 15 HRs, 43 Walks, 166 Ks
David Price — Career vs Baltimore Orioles in 27 starts, 14-5 with a 2.67 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 50 games (47 starts), 25-7 with a 3.04 ERA.
John Andreoli —–
Tim Beckham – 2 for 14 (.143 avg) RBI, 7 Ks
Chris Davis – 11 for 43 (.256 avg) 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 3 Walks, 20 Ks
Adam Jones – 17 for 72 (.236 avg) 6 Doubles, 3 RBIs, 3 Walks, 9 Ks
Caleb Joseph – 2 for 15 (.133 avg) RBI, 4 Ks
Corban Joseph —–
Trey Mancini – 3 for 13 (.231 avg) Double, HR, 3 RBIs, 4 Ks
Cedric Mullins – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) K
Renato Nunez – 0 for 3, RBI
Jace Peterson —–
Joey Rickard – 3 for 12 (.250 avg) Double, Walk, 2 Ks
Chance Sisco —–
D.J. Stewart —–
Breyvic Valera —–
Jonathan Villar – 2 for 12 (.167 avg) RBI, K
Steve Wilkerson —–
Austin Wynns – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) K
Ryan Meisinger — First career start vs the Boston Red Sox.
Boston Red Sox:
Ian Kinsler – 0 for 1
Kinsler is the only active Red Sox player to have previously faced Meisinger.