Winning streak, that term has a nice ring to it. This afternoon the Red Sox look to up their winning streak to three games in a row. It doesn’t matter if it’s against projected bottom feeders of 2019, the team needed this ever so much. While there’s still a six game gap between Boston & Tampa, the Sox are now just 0.5 game behind the Yankees. The NY ball club is currently reeling with a four game losing streak.

Eduardo Rodriguez looked the best he has in quite awhile. He was just one out away from spinning a gem of seven shutout innings, but Dwight Smith Jr. ended the scoreless effort with a 2 out two run homerun. Even then, it was a valiant effort by the lefty. He called on his fellow starters to piggyback him, confidence is brimming with this team.

Ricky “Raindrops” Porcello takes the mound for the Sox in his third start of the season, searching for a turn around of his own. He last pitched on April 5th, when  he followed up 9 Run start in Seattle with a 7 Run start against the D-Backs. Amazingly, he looked even worse in his second start. As the season goes on, things will even out and he will revert to the steady 200 inning pitcher that he is.

Porcello pitched two start against the Orioles last season, both being solid Wins.

(2-0, 2.25 ERA)

12 innings, 12 Hits, 3 Runs, 1 HR, 4 Walks, 15 Ks

The much traveled Andrew Cashner takes the ball for the Orioles. Since 2015, Cashner lowest ERA has been 3.40. The other three seasons has been 4.34 and much higher. The 1st round draft pick hasn’t fully lived up to his potential, with mere blips along the way since debuting in 2010 in a Cubs uniform. His 2019 start has seen him pitch one good game, in between two starts that saw him give up four runs and six innings respectively.

That six run outing came against the Yankees where he lasted just four innings. Righties thus far have barraged Cashner at a .361 clip with a 1.063 ops.

First Pitch – 1:05 ET !!!

Rick Porcello — Career vs Baltimore Orioles in 20 starts, 6-11 with a 4.62 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 67 starts, 34-24 with a 4.46 ERA.

Baltimore Orioles:

Hanser Alberto —–

Chris Davis – 10 for 50 (.200 avg) Double, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs, 2 Walks, 16 Ks

Trey Mancini – 3 for 7 (.429 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, 3 Ks

Richie Martin —–

Cedric Mullins —–

Renato Nunez – 0 for 2, 2 Ks

Joey Rickard —–

Rio Ruiz —–

Pedro Severino – 0 for 3, K

Dwight Smith Jr. – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) HR, 3 RBIs

Jesus Sucre – 1 for 8 (.125 avg) RBI, Walk, K

Jonathan Villar —–

Andrew Cashner — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 2 starts, 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA. The ERA is deceiving. In those two starts he has given up 7 Runs (5 ER) off of 9 Hits AND walking seven batters in twelve innings, while striking out six. Career at Fenway Park in 1 start, 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA. In that start, he gave up 5 ER in five innings off of six hits and four walks, while striking out just two batters.

Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) 3 Walks, K

Mookie Betts – 1 for 6 (.167 avg)

Xander Bogaerts – 3 for 6 (.500 avg) HR, 4 RBIs, K

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) Walk, K

Rafael Devers —–

J.D. Martinez – 0 for 2, K

Mitch Moreland – 2 for 5 (.400 avg) RBI

Eduardo Nunez – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double, RBI

Steve Pearce – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) RBI, K

Dustin Pedroia – 0 for 5, Walk, K

Blake Swihart —–

Christian Vazquez – 0 for 3