Amidst one of their hottest stretches of 2019, the Sox are eyeing a sweep of the Padres and their ninth win in their last eleven games. Both Cleveland and Tampa lost last night, gaining a game on each of them. Still a long way to go. Just take these a day at a time, and compete.

Brian Johnson takes the mound for the Red Sox. Johnson’s brutal season is almost coming to an end, but he still has a month left to help his team win some more games. His ERA stands at a ghastly 6.58, and his return this month hasn’t been an asset to Boston’s roster.

4 starts — (0-1, 6.75 ERA)

12 innings, 19 Hits, 10 Runs (9 ER), 2 HRs, 8 Ks, 6 Walks

One of the things the team needs out of BJ is innings, especially with Eovaldi only going three innings. He has made six starts this season…. only ONCE, has he pitched more than 3.2 innings. That was a five inning one run outing in Toronto.

Joey Luchhesi takes the ball for the Padres. The 26 yr old lefty looks to try & have some success against a Sox lineup, that (while a tall task for him) have struggled against lefty starters. The young southpaw is 8-7 with a 4.20 ERA in his first 24 starts. It’s unfortunate for the Sox bats that they are facing him at Petco, and not Fenway. A case of Jekyll & Hyde, as he is Dr. Jekyll in San Diego.

Home, 13 starts (6-3, 2.91 ERA)

74.1 innings, 52 Hits, 24 Runs, 7 HRs, 72 Ks, 28 Walks

Road, 11 starts (2-4, 5.83 ERA)

58.2 innings, 61 Hits, 40 Runs (38 ER), 10 HRs, 57 Ks, 16 Walks

First pitch – 4:10pm ET !!!

Brian Johnson — First career start vs the San Diego Padres. On the road this season in 8 games (3 starts), 1-1 with a 7.98 ERA.

San Diego Padres:

Manny Machado – 0 for 1

*** Machado is the only active Padres batter who has previously faced Johnson before.

Joey Lucchesi — First career start vs the Boston Red Sox. Career at Petco Park in 28 starts, 11-7 with a 3.40 ERA.

Boston Red Sox:

Chris Owings – 1 for 10 (.100 avg) Double

*** Owings is the only Sox batter who has previously faced Luchhesi before.