Chris Sale for the third consecutive start allowed five runs, and last night he had Sandy Leon behind the plate. While Andrew Cashner was acquired to solidify the black hole 5th starter’s spot, they can only go so far that Sale allows them to. Tonight they should be eyeing a sweep of the best team in baseball. But instead they’re gonna have to battle to get away with taking two out of three.
As frustrating as it was that Sale struggled again, another trait of a 2019 Sale start happened again…. the disappearance of the offense. After scoring eight runs Friday night, the Sox bats mustered just two runs and didn’t have any baserunners in the last three innings. Granted it became a blowout in the 7th inning, where Steven Wright saw his ERA balloon up to 8.53. But still… Nine of his nineteen starts, has seen the offense score just three runs or less.
David Price takes the mound for the Red Sox, looking to carry on his 2019 role as “stopper”. Price has had just three starts this season giving up more than 3 ER, and the first two of those came at the beginning of the season. He’s got himself a solid record 7-2 with a 3.24 ERA, the only thing he has to work on is innings. Seven innings hasn’t been an accomplished feat since April 14th against the Orioles. The more innings Cora can get out of his starters, the better to shy away from more bullpen usage.
Hyun-Jin Ryu takes the ball for the Dodgers, representing a tall task for Sox offense as they oppose a Cy Young contender. Last year in 15 starts, Ryu had his best run in the majors, going 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA. Thus far in 17 starts, Ryu is 10-2 with a 1.73 ERA!! And that is including the June 28th start in Colorado, where the Rockies battered him for 7 ER in four innings. While Price does his thing on the mound, the Sox bats are called upon to get this series win in.
Do not work the count against Ryu, he attacks the strike zone plenty. Only TEN batters have drawn a walk against him, in 109 innings pitched.
First Pitch – 7:05pm ET !!!
David Price — Career vs Los Angeles Dodgers in 2 starts, 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA. In those two starts, he has given up 7 Runs (3 ER) off of 13 Hits & 6 Walks in twelve innings, while striking out seven batters. Career at Fenway Park in 57 games (54 starts), 29-8 with a 3.08 ERA.
Los Angeles Dodgers:
Austin Barnes —–
Cody Bellinger —–
David Freese – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Walk, K
Kike’ Hernandez – 0 for 2, RBI, Walk, K
Russell Martin – 5 for 32 (.156 avg) RBI, 6 Walks, 11 Ks
Max Muncy —–
Joc Pederson —–
A.J. Pollock —–
Corey Seager – 0 for 2, Walk, K
Chris Taylor – 0 for 4, 2 Walks, 2 Ks
Justin Turner – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) HR, RBI
Alex Verdugo —–
Hyun-Jin Ryu — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 1 start, 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA. In that one start, gave up 4 ER off of 5 Hits & no walks in five innings, striking out seven batters. First career start at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox:
J.D. Martinez – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) Double, Walk, K
Eduardo Nunez – 0 for 3
*** Martinez and Nunez are the only Sox batters who have previously faced Ryu, in regular season games.