After reeling off five consecutive wins, the Red Sox are struggling to remain in the hunt but the question is, can they maintain their winning ways as they start a mini two-game ?
Philadelphia (64-60 SU) vs Boston (67-59 SU)
Game Time: Tuesday, August 20th, 7:05 PM ET
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After dropping two of three to the Padres over the 18, the Phillies will attempt to rally tonight. In order to get back on course, Philadelphia’s ace Aaron Nola (11-3, 3.56 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) will take the mound following a dazzling performance in his last outing in which he allowed just 1 run on three hits in an 11-1 demolition of the Chicago Cubs. The 26-year-old right-hander has faced the Red Sox only once in his profession, which arrived a little over a year ago when he uttered one run on four hits in eight innings of work, leading to a 2-1 extra-innings reduction to the eventual World Series champs.
After Chris Sale was closed down for the season because of inflammation of the left 28, Even the Red Sox starting rotation is in a bit of a quandary. Thus, Boston will send reliever/starter Brian Johnson (1-1, 6.45 ERA, 2.01 WHIP) into the bump tonight with the hope that he can get through a couple innings without too much damage. In his last start, Johnson pitched innings where he allowed one earned run over Cleveland. Supervisor Alex Cora has been wary with Johnson this season limiting his begins to just a few innings prior to the relief corps takes over. The maximum Johnson has gone this season was five innings against the Yankees when he surrendered one run (none earned) on four hits in an 8-7 loss back in June.
The MLB chances are showing the Red Sox as slight favorites in this one, regardless of the positive pitching matchup of Philadelphia. A lot of that has to perform Boston’s prolific offense that has plated an average of 5.8 runs per game, trailing only the Yankees in this category. Twenty-two-year-old Rafael Devers is punishing the ball this season with a .332 batting average, 27 home runs, and 101 RBI which makes him an MVP candidate that is incontrovertible. Devers lit the Orioles’ pitchers on Sunday after he went 4-for-5 using a home series, a set of doubles and four RBI to lead the Sox.
Their document is further proof that pitching is overriding in baseball also, as great as the Boston lineup is. The Phillies crime remains sane but they have been plagued all season by Boston’s pitching woes. Brian Johnson is more suited to mid-relief than he is a pitcher and also against a stud like Aaron Nola, I really don’t find this going the way of Boston tonight. Their bullpen was suspect, even if Johnson does give them three innings, since they neglected to Craig Kimbrel from last year and they have been haunted by the lack of a closer. I keep cashing those tickets and shall take the little price on the Phillies!
Rating: Phillies 7 — Red Sox 4
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