4/15 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups: Going for Series Win on Patriots Day

A ritualistic tradition for Boston is here, Marathon Monday that includes an 11 am ball game. The one I remember the most is Mark Loretta’s walkoff homerun against the Seattle Mariners in 2006. The excitement in Don Orsillo’s voice alone (Mark Loretta walks off!!).



Sox today with a rather unorthodox lineup take the field being Hector Velazquez, as he makes his second start of the season. The last time out against the D-Backs saw him fire off three scoreless innings, which paved the way for a bullpen 1-0 shutout in Arizona. The ever reliable Velazquez holds a 2.79 ERA through five games, and hasn’t walked a batter in 9.2 innings thus far.

Dan Straily, the former Marlin, takes the ball for the Orioles. Straily was actually released by the Marlins right before opening day…. The Marlins are in full rebuild mode, but even they didn’t want to hold on to him. And so far, 2019 hasn’t been kind to him.

2 starts — (0-1, 19.29 ERA)

4.2 innings, 13 Hits, 10 runs, 4 HRs, 2 Walks, 0 Ks

Straily is just three years removed from having a solid 2016 season with the Reds, having a 3.76 ERA in 191.1 innings and winning 14 games. So maybe Baltimore thinks they can rekindle those kind of numbers. Let’s hope that doesn’t start today.

First Pitch – 11:05 am ET !!!


Hector Velazquez — Career vs Baltimore Orioles in 6 games (2 starts), 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 28 games (4 starts), 6-1 with a 2.04 ERA.


Baltimore Orioles:

Hanser Alberto —–

Chris Davis – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) K

Trey Mancini – 3 for 6 (.500 avg) Double, Walk, 2 Ks

Richie Martin —–

Cedric Mullins – 0 for 1

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

Joey Rickard – 0 for 2

Rio Ruiz —–

Dwight Smith Jr. – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) K

Pedro Severino —–

Jesus Sucre – 0 for 3, K

Jonathan Villar – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)


Dan Straily — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 2 starts, 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA. In those two starts, he has given 7 Runs (6 ER) off of ten hits and six walks in just nine innings of work. In that span he has recorded ten punchouts. Both of those starts have taken place at Fenway Park.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi —–

Mookie Betts – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI, K

Xander Bogaerts – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) RBI, K

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

Rafael Devers —–

J.D. Martinez – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) 2 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 1 for 15 (.067 avg) 2 RBIs, 6 Walks, 5 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 0 for 1, K

Steve Pearce —–

Dustin Pedroia – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Double, Walk

Blake Swihart —–

Christian Vazquez —–

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