4/25 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups: Offensive Turn Around?

A night after stranding an astounding number of 17 baserunners… the Sox lineup had their biggest game of the year, scoring 11 Runs. SEVEN of them coming in the 8th inning. Mind you, up until this point, their season high for Runs in a game was eight!! Having habits of pressing at the plate and sometimes hacking early, Tigers pitchers walked a total of TEN Sox batters…. Three of which came with the bases loaded. The offense needed this game.

It’s a busy night all around. Sox game on at 7pm, Bruins Game 1 at 7pm, the NFL draft starts up, and a small movie called Avengers: Endgame hits theaters. **Raises hand** I’ll be seeing Endgame at 7:30 myself. Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Sox against his former team, and is coming off of by far his best start of the season. Pitching 5.2 innings against the Rays, he limited them to just 2 ER and walked only one batter. Great improvements all around.

Porcello’s bread and butter has been the go to guy to eat up innings. In three starts, he has only pitched 14.1 innings. Hopefully his recent start is a sign of him being able to pitch six innings and beyond.

Jordan Zimmerman takes the ball for the Tigers. In just three innings last night, four Tigers relief pitchers were used. Those relievers has to throw a total of 77 pitches, so naturally Zimmerman is being asked to go deep as much as he can tonight. Through five starts this season, Zimmerman is 0-3 with a 4.94 ERA. His first two starts of the season were just fantastic, facing the Blue Jays & Yankees (13.2 innings, 1 Run). The three starts that have followed, however………..

(0-3, 9.55 ERA)

13.2 innings, 18 Hits, 15 Runs (14 ER), 5 HRs, 9 Ks, 7 Walks

First Pitch – 7:10 ET !!!

Rick Porcello — Career vs Detroit Tigers in 3 starts, 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA. In those three starts, he has given up 7 Runs (5 ER) off of twenty hits in 20 innings. In that span he walked just 3 batters, while striking out 22 of them. Career at Fenway Park in 68 starts, 34-25 with a 4.48 ERA.

Detroit Tigers:

Gordon Beckham – 15 for 32 (.469 avg) 6 Doubles, HR, 6 RBIs, 2 Walks, 5 Ks

Miguel Cabrera – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) 2 Ks

Jeimer Candelario —–

Nicholas Castellanos – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) HR, RBI

Brandon Dixon —–

Niko Goodrum —–

Greyson Greiner —–

Josh Harrison – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI, K

John Hicks —–

JaCoby Jones —–

Dustin Peterson —–

Ronny Rodriguez —–

Jordan Zimmerman — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 5 starts, 2-1 with a 4.45 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 3 starts, 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA. In those three starts, he has gotten shellacked for 13 Runs (12 ER) in 15.1 innings off of 22 hits and six walks, striking out ten Sox batters.

Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) K

Mookie Betts – 3 for 4 (.750 avg) HR, 4 RBIs, 2 Walks

Xander Bogaerts – 2 for 5 (.400 avg) RBI

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) 2 RBIs, 3 Ks

Michael Chavis —–

Rafael Devers —–

Sandy Leon – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) RBI, Walk

Tzu-Wei Lin —–

J.D. Martinez – 0 for 2, K

Mitch Moreland – 5 for 9 (.556 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, RBI, K

Steve Pearce – 4 for 12 (.333 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, Walk, K

Christian Vazquez – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) Double


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