Ryan Weber takes the mound for the Sox, expected to be followed by the major league debut of Mike Shawaryn. This could be Weber’s last start for the time being. Even though Eovaldi is still couple weeks away, the Sox are soon getting Brian Johnson back. Cora would probably opt to start Johnson over Weber. Despite having a solid start against the Blue Jays, Weber’s next start was a real clunker. Pitching in just 4 innings, the Indians offense battered him for 7 ER and he struck out just two batters.

When Shawaryn takes the ball from him, hopefully it’s not a clean up type role. Called up a week ago, this is surprisingly going to be his first time pitching in a game. This yr in Pawtucket he had been having a good season. The only thing he needs to work on is limiting the free bases (28 Walks, 4 Hit Batters).

10 starts — (1-2, 3.72 ERA)

55.2 innings, 45 Hits, 25 Runs (23 ER), 6 HRs, 46 Ks, 28 Walks

Danny Duffy takes the ball for the Royals. It’s hard to believe, but Duffy has been in the majors since the 2011 season. Aside from couple good seasons (2.53 ERA in 2014), he has yet to have consistency in his health and pitching effectiveness. Now 30 years old, career high in starts is 28 and career high in innings is 179.2. He would slot in as a solid 4 or 5 guy on most teams. Speaking of staying healthy, he didn’t start the 2019  season until April 26. Since then he’s gone 3-2 with a 4.05 ERA in seven starts. Three of his last four starts has seen him give up four runs or more.

Mookie Betts has been in a funk recently. In his last 10 games he is 6 for his last 38 (.158 avg). Maybe facing Duffy can do the trick to snap him out of it.

First Pitch – 1:15pm ET !!!

Ryan Weber — First career start vs the Kansas City Royals.

Kansas City Royals:

***No active Royals batters have previously faced Ryan Weber.

Danny Duffy — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 7 starts, 0-5 with a 6.75 ERA. Career at Kauffman Stadium in 90 games (79 starts), 22-27 with a 4.14 ERA.

Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 0 for 4, 3 Ks

Mookie Betts – 6 for 10 (.600 avg) 4 HRs, 4 RBIs, K

Michael Chavis —–

Xander Bogaerts – 3 for 12 (.250 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 3 for 10 (.300 avg) Double, Triple, 2 RBIs, 4 Ks

Rafael Devers – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)

Brock Holt – 1 for 4 (.250 avg)

Sandy Leon – 0 for 6, K

J.D. Martinez – 5 for 25 (.200 avg) Double, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 2 Walks, 9 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 3 for 13 (.231 avg) RBI

Sam Travis —–

Christian Vazquez – 0 for 2, Walk