It’s a been long & winding road, but there’s still five months of baseball to be played. Tonight for the first time all season, the Sox have a sizable chance to eclipse the .500 mark. Since April 19, they have been one of the hottest teams in baseball (13-6 clip). The rotation even with Price’s injury has been rolling, and the offense is heating up as the weather finally begins to follow suit.
Eduardo Rodriguez takes the mound for the Sox. The last time Rodriguez toed the rubber, the lineup behind him battered the White Sox in a 15-2 laugher. Taking the back page to the offense, E-Rod held his own as his pitched six innings of run ball. last Saturday’s start was his third start of going at least six innings. Quite promising for the 26-year old lefty, who has had bouts of going just five innings or less.
Rodriguez faced the Mariners in early April when the Sox rotation was stuck in spring training mode. He was hit around for 6 Runs (5 ER) in just 4.1 innings.
Right handed rookie Erik Swanson takes the ball for the Mariners. Swanson is coming off of his best start yet, throwing six shutout innings vs Tito’s Indians squad. This start was quite the 180 of his previous two starts against the Rangers & Padres.
(0-2, 9.78 ERA)
9.2 innings, 18 Hits, 14 Runs (10 ER), 4 HRs, 5 Ks, 0 Walks
Swanson hasn’t shown to be a wild pitcher, only five walks in 23.2 innings. There’s been three starts where he has not walked a single batter. He likes to attack the zone, so fair to say Sox batters might opt to do a swing early approach.
First Pitch – 7:10 ET !!!
Eduardo Rodriguez — Career vs Seattle Mariners in 6 starts, 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 52 games (48 starts), 17-12 with a 4.34 ERA.
Tim Beckham – 3 for 12 (.250 avg) HR, 4 RBIs, 2 Walks, 5 Ks
Braden Bishop —–
Jay Bruce – 2 for 5 (.400 avg) HR, 3 RBIs, Walk, 2 Ks
Edwin Encarcion – 6 for 18 (.333 avg) Double, HR, 3 RBIs, 3 Walks, K
Dee Gordon – 6 for 10 (.600 avg) HR, 3 RBIs
Mitch Haniger – 3 for 12 (.250 avg) 2 Doubles, 3 RBIs, 3 Ks
Ryon Healy – 3 for 18 (.167 avg) 2 Doubles, RBI, 3 Ks
Dylan Moore – 0 for 2, K
Tom Murphy – 0 for 1, Walk, K
Omar Narvaez – 0 for 2, 2 Ks
Domingo Santana – 0 for 5, 3 Ks
Daniel Vogelbach —–
Erik Swanson — First career start vs the Boston Red Sox. Thus far the rookie has pitched better on the road as opposed to his home park in Seattle. In 3 games (2 starts), he is 1-1 with a 3.95 ERA. In 13.2 innings, he has given up 7 Runs (6 ER), walking five and striking out ten batters.
Boston Red Sox:
No active Red Sox players have previous faced Swanson before.