7/17 Pitchers Vs Hitters Matchups: Time to Get it Going

Last night, old habits crept back up for the Sox. Andrew Cashner (albeit having 9 days off), continued the 5th starter woes as he gave up six runs in five plus innings. Three scoreless innings followed (including solid inning from Hernandez). But the floodgates opened in the 9th. What was a 6-4 game became 10-4, as the Jays got to Hembree and journeyman Weber for four more runs. This was the most runs the Jays have scored in the 9th inning this season.

While the offense battled back to tie it in the 5th inning, they racked up baserunners but couldn’t bring them home. Overall they had 16 baserunners, only scoring four runs. Not to continue to nitpick, but JD Martinez really has to get things going. In the month of July he has batted just .238 with 1 HR, 2 RBIs. The head scratcher of the night was Holt getting pinch hit for Sam Travis. The Sox have had great success indeed with pinch hitting… But Brock Holt is just about every game getting taken out for Eduardo Nunez, and now the .188 hitting Sam Travis. Have faith in the guy who has a .336 stick.

Eduardo Rodriguez takes the mound for the Red Sox, looking for his team leading 11th Win of the season. He is just four wins away from establishing a new high for Wins in a season. Benefactor of the most run support, here’s to that continuing for another outing. Rodriguez is coming off of a solid start vs the Blue Jays, firing seven innings of one run ball. Seven innings would be a sight for sore eyes, with the bullpen needing more rest these days.

He last faced the Blue Jays two months ago, in one of his worst starts of the season. Lasting five innings, the Jays got to him for 6 ER in five innings, with three HRs leaving the park.

Aaron Sanchez takes the ball for the Blue Jays. A pitcher prime for a Sox beatdown, Sanchez is a miserable 3-13 with a 6.22 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and opp batting avg of .290. Last month in six starts, he astoundingly had an ERA of 12.00 (36 ER in 27 innings). That is very very hard to do. Sanchez has faced the Sox twice this season, allowing 6 Runs (3 ER) in eleven innings. The last time the Sox faced him (May 22), his season ERA was at a respectable 3.79.

Let’s hope the Sox jump on the June version of Aaron Sanchez.

First Pitch – 7:40pm ET !!!


Eduardo Rodriguez — Career vs Toronto Blue Jays in 13 games (12 starts), 3-4 with a 4.80 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 57 games (53 starts), 19-13 with a 4.32 ERA.


Toronto Blue Jays:

Cavan Biggio —–

Brandon Drury – 0 for 1, Walk

Freddy Galvis – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) Walk, 2 Ks

Randal Grichuk – 3 for 13 (.231 avg) HR, RBI, Walk, 5 Ks

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 2 for 3 (.667 avg)

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – 4 for 9 (.444 avg) 3 Ks

Teoscar Hernandez – 3 for 12 (.250 avg) HR, 3 RBIs, 4 Ks

Danny Jansen – 0 for 2, K

Luke Maile – 1 for 8 (.125 avg) 5 Ks

Billy McKinney – 0 for 2, 2 Ks

Justin Smoak – 4 for 17 (.235 avg) RBI, 2 Walks, 4 Ks

Eric Sogard —–


Aaron Sanchez — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 21 games (13 starts), 4-4 with a 3.84 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 10 games (7 starts), 3-3 with a 3.56 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 5 for 18 (.278 avg) HR, 3 RBIs, 5 Walks, 3 Ks

Mookie Betts – 7 for 29 (.241 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 3 RBIs, 6 Walks, 6 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 10 for 37 (.270 avg) HR, 4 RBIs, 7 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 5 for 18 (.278 avg) Double, HR, 5 RBIs, 4 Walks, 2 Ks

Michael Chavis – 0 for 2, K

Rafael Devers – 2 for 14 (.143 avg) Double, RBI, Walk, 3 Ks

Marco Hernandez – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) Walk

Brock Holt – 3 for 16 (.188 avg) Double, 2 RBIs, 3 Walks, 2 Ks

Sandy Leon – 0 for 8, 2 Walks, 3 Ks

J.D. Martinez – 6 for 21 (.286 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 4 RBIs, Walk, 5 Ks

Sam Travis —–

Christian Vazquez – 2 for 11 (.182 avg) 2 RBIs, Walk, 2 Ks

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