5/19 Pitchers Vs. Hitters Matchups: Sale Called Upon To Stop Astros In Series Finale

The Red Sox lost last night by just a four run deficit, and yet it felt like it was a bigger deficit. By the 1st out of the game, Velazquez had already departed and the Sox trailed by five runs right out of the gate. Price is set to make his return to the rotation this week thankfully, much needed stability added to the rotation. Hector’s extended stay in the rotation is hurting his overall value, ERA now sitting at 5.53. He should just be a reliable long man/spot starter. Not a member of the starting five.

The Sox bullpen did their job as just two Runs scored after that ugly 1st inning. Tyler Thornburg even threw two scoreless innings. But even then, he had a screw up of not going to 1st base. The offense… their RISP woes continued. They collected ten baserunners, and could only push three across (one courtesy of passed ball). And the lineup was 0 for 5 with RISP. Bright spot was Christian Vazquez continuing his career year, slugging his 6th HR, All-Star Game here he comes.

Chris Sale is on the mound for the Sox. Since April 23rd, he has been on one hell of a run….. This is an example of not to make too much big deal about W-L records for pitchers.

5 starts (1-1, 1.91 ERA)

33 innings, 18 Hits, 9 Runs (7 ER), 3 HRs, 59 Ks, 6 Walks

“Because baseball”, he doesn’t have the Wins to show for it. His last start, what more could have you asked out of him? He went seven innings, allowing just 2 ER and struck out 17… 17 batters!! The Sox went on to lose a crushing defeat in extra innings. Now the Sox look to him to fend off the Astros to avoid the split, and start a new hot run.

Former Sox Wade Miley takes the ball for the Astros. After having a solid half year with the Brewers posting a 2.57 ERA in 16 starts, Miley is now wearing an Astros cap and has pitched fairly well with his new team. In his first nine starts, Miley is 4-2 with a 3.51 ERA. He hasn’t walked that many batters (13 in 51.1 innings), but hasn’t pitched over six innings in any start this year. In fact, he hasn’t eclipsed the six inning mark since August 30 when he held the Reds to one run in 7.1 innings.

First Pitch – 1:05pm ET !!!

Chris Sale — Career vs Houston Astros in 7 starts, 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 35 games (32 starts), 12-8 with a 3.01 ERA.

Houston Astros:

Michael Brantley – 8 for 38 (.211 avg) 2 Doubles, 4 RBIs, Walk, 12 Ks

Alex Bregman – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) 2 Ks

Robinson Chirinos – 1 for 10 (.100 avg) Walk, 5 Ks

Carlos Correa – 3 for 13 (.231 avg) 2 RBIs, 3 Ks

Aledmys Diaz —–

Yuli Gurriel – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) 2 RBIs

Tony Kemp – 0 for 3

Jake Marisnick – 1 for 11 (.091 avg) 4 Ks

Josh Reddick – 3 for 14 (.214 avg) Double, RBI, 4 Ks

George Spinger – 5 for 14 (.357 avg) Double, HR, RBI, Walk, 3 Ks

Max Stassi – 0 for 3, K

Tyler White – 0 for 4, 3 Ks

Wade Miley — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 4 starts, 2-2 with a 7.13 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 16 starts, 8-6 with a 4.67 ERA.

Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 2 for 4 (.500 avg) 2 Walks

Mookie Betts – 3 for 8 (.375 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 4 RBIs, 2 Walks

Xander Bogaerts – 3 for 10 (.300 avg) Double, Walk, 2 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) K

Michael Chavis —–

Rafael Devers – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Double, K

Oscar Hernandez —–

J.D. Martinez – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 Walks, 2 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 2 for 4 (.500 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, Walk, 2 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 2 for 11 (.182 avg) HR, RBI, Walk, K

Steve Pearce – 7 for 19 (.368 avg) 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, Walk, 2 Ks

Christian Vazquez – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI


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