Going for .500 again, only 2.5 back of the division-leading Yankees, and coming off a nice Papi/Napoli blastfest win yesterday, the Sox send Kelly to the hill to take on rookie Klein making his first major league start. Go Sox.
4-2 so far on their AL West trip, the Sox finish it against the Mariners today, with a chance to reach .500 again if the sputtering offense is successful against James Paxton. The Sox (who demoted Masterson recently) send knuckleballer Steven Wright to the hill, in what surely must be one of his last chances to prove he can really stick as a major leaguer. Wright will turn 32 this August. Not that I’m not older than that myself, but we’re talking about baseball years.
Last time the Sox did that? Almost three weeks ago. Yikes. It helps that the A’s are mired in a six-game skid. Masterson vs. Pomeranz. Neither looks likely to go deep or give quality innings, but we’ll see.
Kicking off a west coast road trip that’s just a week long, the Sox face Kazmir (how long has that guy stuck around, huh? I have some bad memories of him kicking the Sox’ collective ass on a few occasions) while sending perhaps their most reliable starter Porcello to the mound. Really haven’t had much time to watch any baseball, perhaps I’ll make an exception for this game…
At Rogers, Sanchez will take on Miley. Miley has been the biggest disappointment in a series of them in the rotation, for my money. Hopefully the extension making him ours for a stretch is not one we regret.
Downed 4 times in a row, the Sox send Porcello out there to take on Smyly. The game the Sox last won was one Porcello started, and he had one of the few truly great outings a Sox starter has had this year. Here’s hoping his peripheral stats are the truth, and not the more obvious ones.
It’s Whitley at Rogers Centre facing knuckler Dickey.
Comment away, eh?
Odorizzi takes on Buchholz in a rematch from the recent past. We lost that game if you can imagine, though not because Buchholz was terrible, oddly enough.
Yesterday wasn’t a good day for the guys in red and white, as they fell on the strength of a milestone A-Rod homer, and lost their primary, journeyman-ish catcher, Hanigan, to a hand injury. That’s Vasquez down for the year and Hanigan for a good stretch as well if you’re keeping score on catching injuries.
The bright side? Blake Swihart, yet another catching prospect, makes his way to the bigs. Let’s see if he’s what he’s cracked up to be. Might need some offense with Miley on the mound against Eovaldi in today’s earliest game of the day.
Masterson versus a lineup of lefties and this year’s Red Sox versus the Sabathia of the last year plus. Time for some offense, boys.
Tanaka out for a month minimum. In the meantime, Michael Pineda and the Yankees host the Rays and Drew Smyly in a getaway game before the Bombers go to Boston on Friday.
Watching this rotation has been just the pits. The absolute pits. Score 4, and Buchholz immediately gives up 5. Score 8 on the night, and lose by 3.
With the off-day tomorrow, tonight’s game will close out April action as two porn-ish surnames clash: Dickey faces Porcello to determine whether the Sox end April just over or exactly at .500.
Chase Whitley gets a spot start as the first-place Yankees (!) look to defend their lead in the AL East. Jake Odorizzi pitches for the SatanFish. Comment away.
The Sox have won every single first game of a series this year, including rallying yesterday from down 3-0 in the 1st, 5-2 in the 4th and 5-4 in the 8th. As they try to win a series today, it’ll be Hutchison vs. Buchholz.
The starting pitching…well, it’s nearly as bad as we could have imagined, huh? And half our lineup can’t hit .200 at the moment. Four wins at minimum owed to other teams’ flubs. A fairly demoralizing weekend between the drubbing yesterday and the walkoff loss Saturday.
Still, looking forward to another round of crotch-kicking-level agony. Back at Fenway after their 2-4 road trip, the Sox take on the birds of the blue variety for the first time. Aaron Sanchez vs. Joe Kelly.
Which is Superman and which is Batman? I don’t know, really. It’s a crap metaphor anyway. Jon Niese v. Nathan Eovaldi in the rubber match on Sunday Night Baseball.