We haven’t seen it often from the Red Sox, but they didn’t look like themselves last night against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays got to Rick Porcello for 7 in just 4 innings of work. Porcello has been adequate this season, but he hasn’t showcased his Cy Young effort from 2016. He finished with a staggering record of 21-4, and if you recall, was virtually unbeatable at Fenway. Porcello got mauled last night, though.
The Red Sox offense is good, but it wasn’t enough to save him on Thursday. The offense had scored 10 runs in each of their last two games against the Blue Jays before being held to 5 runs last night. You can’t expect the bats to put up double digits every night, which is close to what they would have needed to overcome the Blue Jays 8 runs.
Despite the loss, the Red Sox are still 6-1 in their last seven games. They are 10-1 in their previous eleven contests. The Yankees were able to edge closer just a bit with their 7-3 win over the Rangers. It’s still going to be a difficult mountain to climb to catch up to the Red Sox. While the Yanks may have been the better team Thursday, the Red Sox have been the vastly better team overall.
8 games back of the Red Sox, they will have to chip away at it in August, and then make a strong push in the final month of the regular season. The more realistic scenario is ensuring that they get a home game in the Wild Card Round. If the postseason was to begin today, the Yankees would be playing the Athletics at Yankee Stadium as a wildcard. The Mariners seemingly woke up last night with an impressive effort against Verlander and the Astros.
JV got rocked for 6 runs in quick order. He didn’t make it out of the 2nd inning, as it was a definite off night for the ace. The Astros have to hope that it was just an off night and not an underlying injury that affected him. For the Red Sox, they will turn to newcomer Nathan Eovaldi. Eovaldi has been perfect in Boston thus far, as he hasn’t allowed a run in both of his starts with the Red Sox. The bigger stage hasn’t had an impact on him at all. We’ll see if it translates to the road as well. Head below for our free Red Sox vs. Orioles pick.
Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick
Nathan Eovaldi (5-4, 2.68 ERA) vs. Dylan Bundy (7-10, 4.38 ERA)
This season has been a tale of two different stories for Eovaldi. Give him home field and watch him dazzle. However, as soon as he hits the road, things get plenty dicey for him. Eovaldi holds an ERA of 1.12 at home this season. That includes his time in Tampa with the Rays as well. However, his numbers on the road suggest something completely different. Eovaldi goes to Baltimore with an ERA of 5.18 on the road. He has allowed 4 or more runs in more than half of those starts. The Orioles have battered Eovaldi with .392 batting average and .404 OBP in 51 at-bats. The O’s have scored an average of 6.1 runs per game over their previous ten games.
The Red Sox didn’t get the win last night, but Mookie put on a show by hitting for the cycle against the Jays. He is the first player to hit for the cycle in 2018. It’s unfortunate that the Red Sox weren’t able to parlay that into a win, but the offense was decent regardless. The Red Sox offense is 1st in the major leagues, with an average of 5.39 runs scored per game. Boston has had the deep ball working against Dylan Bundy. They’ve hit a whopping 10 long balls against Bundy in 214 at-bats. Mookie owns 3 of those home runs. The Sox are also hitting .276 with an OBP of .335 against Bundy. I don’t oppose a play on the OVER in this matchup Friday. Best of luck this weekend with your picks.