The Boston Red Sox will host the Detroit Tigers in the nightcap of a doubleheader Tuesday evening from Fenway Park. The Tigers will give the call to 26-year old right-hander Spencer Turnbull, and the Red Sox will likely send 30-year old right-hander Hector Velazquez to the mound. The Red Sox posted a 4-2 record against the Tigers last season.
Rookie Spencer Turnbull Shines Against Pirates
Spencer Turnbull will be on the mound for the fifth time of the year in this contest. Turnbull was tremendous in his previous start, conceding only one run (zero earned) in six innings against the Pirates, leading to the no-decision in a game the Tigers lost. The rookie right-hander is pitching well, posting a strong 3.43 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP to go with an 0-2 record in 21 innings pitched. This start will mark his first career meeting against the Red Sox. Turnbull has accumulated 24 K’s in his 21 innings, resulting in a sharp 10.29 K/9 ratio.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 21, 2019
Niko Goodrum has arguably been the Tigers most consistent hitter, posting a team-leading .279 average with two home runs and eight RBI’s. Goodrum wasn’t able to solve the Red Sox pitching last season, going 0 for 15 with two walks. The Tigers stand at 4-5 on the road this season.
The Tigers offense ranks near the bottom of the Majors in several categories, and they are averaging 3.05 runs per game on the season, ranking them down at 28th in the big leagues. The Detroit pitching staff has been a strength, sporting a 3.25 team ERA, good for fifth in the Majors.
Eovaldi Injured, Velazquez Slides Into Rotation
Hector Velazquez is expected to get the start in this one in place of the injured Nathan Eovaldi. Velazquez has been used in a spot starting role this season and he has made a total of six appearances on the season. The third-year right-hander limited the Orioles to only one run in three innings in his last effort on April 15th. Overall he is pitching well, allowing five runs (four earned) paired with an 0-1 record in 12.2 innings logged on the season. Velazquez has tossed three shutout innings in his career against the Tigers.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 22, 2019
Xander Bogaerts was productive against the Tigers last season, posting a .304 average with one home run and four RBI’s in 23 at bats. The 26-year old shortstop is consistently reaching base, posting a solid .300 batting average paired with a .386 OPS on the month. Bogaerts is hitting .276 with two homers and 10 RBI’s on the year. The Red Sox own a 3-3 record at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox are averaging 4.23 runs per game, placing them 21st in the Majors. The Boston pitching staff has been a weakness, logging a 5.62 team ERA, positioning them 29th in the Major Leagues.
The Detroit Tigers are:
- 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record.
The Boston Red Sox are:
- 1-4 in their last 5 games on grass.