The Rockies and Red Sox meet at Fenway, as they gear up for a weekend series. With the weather heating up, the Red Sox hope their bats can stay hot. Generally for the most part, the Red Sox have been hitting at a pretty good rate. I don’t think you can knack on them too much, they’ve been playing good baseball and look primed to earn a trip to the postseason, something they were denied of a year ago. This is David Ortiz last go at it as he will go into retirement in a year. It would be a fitting way for Ortiz to go out on top. He has had one heck of a career and would add to it with another World Series ring to go in his collection.
Offensively the Red Sox will not have any problems, they should continue to have a hot bat at the plate. Ortiz is going to put on a nice display as the season continues. The Boston offense has a nice blend of young and old, young and old who are talented and produce. Jackie Bradley Jr is one talented guy that the Red Sox hit a jackpot on. No doubt about it, he is a talented player who is busting out of his shell in Boston. Note that Bradley Jr has a OBP of .415. Those are insane numbers at this point in the season. In other words, he is reaching base nearly half of the time this season. Offense for the Red Sox, no problem. But their pitching, notably Clay Buchholz is going to dictate their year. David Price is coming around, but they really need Buchholz to as well. He takes on the Rockies tonight and Jonathan Gray. Let’s get to the pick for Thursday below.
Colorado Rockies vs. Boston Red Sox
Jonathan Gray (1-2, 6.75 ERA) Clay Buchholz (2-4, 5.92 ERA)
Jonathan Gray is not starting for the Rockies because he is very good. He is starting because their hand is kind of forced. They are not able to do much because there isn’t anything of worth behind him. Gray sports a 6.75 ERA on the season and faces a tall order against the Red Sox at Fenway today. In his last three starts he has also been pushed around for a ERA greater than 5.00. He has a tough go at it but is trying to hang in there.
The Red Sox have scored a whopping 32 runs in their last four games. Like I said, good luck to Gray today. Nevertheless, the Rockies’ offense might be able to hang around in this one, Buchholz has been very hittable. In his last three starts he’s notched a 6.35 ERA, looking less and less like a guy who just had the best ERA in baseball years back. I was expecting a total of 10, so of course I am going to like this total of 9.5. Play the OVER 9.5 for Thursday night at Fenway Park in Boston.
PICK: OVER 9.5 RUNS (-110)