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.
Sox trailed in the 9th, tied. Went up in the 10th. Lost it in the bottom half. I picked the wrong day to buy a month of MLB.TV. The rubber match features Miley and Norris. Let’s blow this joint.
Lost a series for the first time (this time, the offense let us down: thanks for trying, good-Buchholz), tied with two others in the East for 1st and only 2 ahead of the cellar-dwelling team we face today. This Sox team is one that owes at least three wins so far to the opposing team giving the Sox 4/5/6 outs in an inning. Might be a long summer (again). Today it’s Porcello vs. Gonzalez.
These Miracle Mets have won eleventy hundred games in a row, and that’s a big thing, if you are a Mets fan. Jacob deGrom will be on the bump for the hottest commodity in hyperbole. Meanwhile, in the real world, the Yankees are sending Pineda to the bump.
Let’s do this thing.
5-1 lead crumbled to 7-5 loss last night. At least Pedroia and Papi are on pace for 40 and 30 HR, respectively. One more shot at the series. Clay “Bipolar” Buchholz vs. Jake “Eggs” Odorizzi.
Adam Warren faces David Price at Comerica. Price has allowed one earned run in three starts. Yikes. That’s some regression to the mean fodder right there.