After a mostly quiet offseason for the World Series defending champion Red Sox…. minus fellow Patriots winning another Superbowl…. the boys in red “B” caps get started on their journey toward another October.
This offseason represented retaining the internal talent, which was on display when it was announced that Chris Sale has agreed on a 5 year / $145 million contract. That makes next offseason a little bit more comforting to get ourselves prepared for.
The last pitch of the 2018 season had Sale getting Machado to make the last out of the World Series, so naturally Sale is throwing out the first pitch of the 2019 season. Officially locked up for the long haul, it’ll be Sale Day every 5th day of the season till 2024. As he looks for another run at Cy Young contention, this will also hopefully be a season where he doesn’t start to wear out by August / September. It worked out last fall, but you can’t manufacture two deep runs in a row without your ace making starts.
Marco Gonzalez takes the ball for the Seattle Mariners. Twenty-eight teams in MLB have yet to play their first games of the season. All except for the Mariners and A’s, with the Mariners sweeping the brief two game set this past week in Tokyo. Gonzalez got the win in the opener, pitching six innings of 4 run ball (3 ER), walked one and had four Ks. Despite debuting back in 2014 with the Cardinals, Marco is just entering the second full season of his young career.
Last season to the surprise of no one, his best starts came at home in Seattle (3.63 at home / 4.33 away). In fact only four of his seventeen HR’s allowed that year, were served up in his home starts.
First pitch — 7:10 ET !!!
Chris Sale — Career vs Seattle Mariners in 11 games (9 starts), 6-1 with a 1.88 ERA. Career at T-Mobile Park (formerly SafeCo Field) in 5 games (4 starts), 3-0 with a 1.84 ERA.
Tim Beckham – 0 for 15, 9 Ks
Jay Bruce – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) K
Edwin Encarnacion – 6 for 19 (.316 avg) 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 4 Walks, 5 Ks
Dee Gordon – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) K
Mitch Haniger – 0 for 5, Walk, 3 Ks
Ryon Healy – 2 for 9 (.222 avg) 4 Ks
Dylan Moore —–
Omar Narvaez —–
Mallex Smith – 1 for 10 (.100 avg) 3 Ks
Marco Gonzalez — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 1 start, 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA. In that loss, Gonzalez gave up 5 ER off of 7 Hits in 6 innings, walking none and striking out six Sox batters. Career at T-Mobile Park in 18 games (16 starts), 5-3 with a 3.54 ERA.
Boston Red Sox:
Andrew Benintendi – 0 for 3, K
Mookie Betts – 0 for 2, RBI, 2 Ks
Xander Bogaerts – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double
Jackie Bradley Jr. – 2 for 2 (1.000 avg)
Rafael Devers – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double, RBI
Brock Holt —–
J.D. Martinez – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) 2 Ks
Mitch Moreland – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, K
Eduardo Nunez – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)
Steve Pearce —–
Sam Travis —–