The Red Sox won last night’s game 6-1.
Both teams were stifled offensively in this game until the later innings. Through seven frames the score was 1-0 Boston due to a solo home run by Mitch Moreland in the fifth. Eduardo Nunez then tacked on one more run in the top of the eighth with a solo shot of his own to put the Sox up 2-0.
Cleveland struck back in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a home run off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion. However, any hopes they had of a comeback were squashed by a four-run rally in the top of the ninth by Boston’s lineup.
Game 4 Starters – Chris Sale (LHP) vs Trevor Bauer (RHP)
Sale has been everything the Red Sox could have hoped for this season. He leads the league in K/9 (12.83), ERA (2.62) and WHIP (0.89). In his last three starts, he has pitched a combined 22 innings and allowed just five earned runs on 13 hits while striking out 34. His last start against the Indians, however, was one of his worst on the season, completing only five innings while allowing seven earned runs on eight hits, including two home runs. It was one of two starts this season in which he has pitched fewer than six innings.
Bauer brings a 4.50 ERA on the season and 1.42 WHIP in Thursday’s game. The righty has been having something of a rough season although he has been stellar as of late. In his last three starts, he has pitched 20 innings while giving up just four earned runs. Strangely enough, all of those runs came on solo home runs. He also racked up 24 strikeouts in the same span. He has faced Boston once this season, pitching 6.2 innings and allowing three earned runs, striking out 11.
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Who’s hot, and who’s not
Jackie Bradley Jr. is batting .438 in his last five games having 7-16 with one triple and one home run. He has also driven in seven runs during this span and struck out just three times in 18 plate appearance, making his thumb sprain a big loss for the lineup. Mitch Moreland is batting .308 in his last five games, with one double and one home run. He hasn’t struck out in six consecutive games.
Brock Holt is batting .194 in 14 games this month, with 10 strikeouts in 38 plate appearances. Mookie Betts is 3-23 in his last six games with four strikeouts and a .450 OPS. The outfielder has only three multi-hit games this month and nine since the All-Star break.
In 14 games in August, Jay Bruce is batting .340 with a 1.031 OPS. In his last eight games, he has three home runs and nine RBIs although he has also struck out ten times. Edwin Encarnacion has eight home runs in 21 games this month. Although he is batting .236 during this span, he is slugging .583 and has an OBP of .364, which is third on the team behind Bruce and Carlos Santana.
Yan Gomes is 4-19 in his last five games with six strikeouts in just 20 plate appearances. He is hitting .174 in August, striking out in over one-third of his at-bats on the month.
Prediction: Red Sox 5 – 1 Indians
If Sale is on the mound, you pick the Red Sox to win. It’s pretty much that simple. He had a rough outing against Cleveland last time he faced them, but I wouldn’t expect a repeat performance. Righties are hitting just .190 off of Sale this year, of which the Indians have five in their lineup. Boston will take this one easily.
Where to watch
Today’s game will be broadcast on NESN and STO, and streaming on MLB.TV for out of market subscribers.
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