The Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox will wrap up a three-game series in an AL showdown Sunday afternoon from Minute Maid Park. The Red Sox will give the call to 26-year old left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, and the Astros will counter with 36-year old right-hander Justin Verlander. The Astros lead the season series 3-1.
Rodriguez Shelled for Second Straight Start
Eduardo Rodriguez will get the call for the 11th time of the year, looking to get back on track after a series of rough outings. Rodriguez surrendered six runs including three home runs in five innings against the Blue Jays last time out, leading to the defeat to bring his record to 4-3. The young left-hander has served up 11 runs over his last two starts which has inflated his ERA to 5.43 to go with a 1.46 WHIP and a 4-3 record in 54.2 innings of work. The Astros have done big damage against Rodriguez as he has surrendered 11 runs paired with an 0-2 record in three career starts. Alex Bregman is 2 for 4 against Rodriguez, and Carlos Correa is 4 for 5.
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— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) May 25, 2019
Xander Bogaerts is a big threat at the plate recently, collecting 11 hits along with seven RBI’s in his last six games. The veteran shortstop is having his best month of the season and he is hitting .289 with nine homers and 33 RBI’s on the year. Bogaerts is a solid 6 for 14 with three RBI’s against the Astros this season.
The Red Sox potent lineup continues to excel, and they are fifth in all of baseball with an average of 5.29 runs per game. The Boston pitching staff is carrying a 4.28 team ERA, pegging them 15th in the Major Leagues. The Red Sox own a 14-14 road record on the season heading into Saturday.
Verlander Dazzles in Fourth Consecutive Victory
The Astros will have Justin Verlander on the mound for the 12th time of the season. Verlander will be looking to continue his dominance after limiting the White Sox to only one run in eight innings in a 5-1 victory in his latest effort. The former MVP winner is locked in, allowing only two runs over his last three starts, and he features a dazzling 2.24 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP accompanied with an 8-1 record in 72.1 innings of work. Verlander has enjoyed success against the Red Sox in his career, sporting a sharp 2.89 ERA and a 5-5 record in 18 career starts. Andrew Benintendi is 1 for 9 against Verlander, while Xander Bogaerts is 4 for 17, and JD Martinez is 2 for 3.
— Houston Astros (@astros) May 25, 2019
Watch for Carlos Correa in this one as he is 4 for 5 with two walks against the Red Sox’ starter Eduardo Rodriguez. The 24-year old shortstop continues to shine, recording at least one RBI in five out of his last seven games, and he features a .284 average with 11 home runs and 33 RBI’s. Correa is 2 for 14 with three RBI’s against the Red Sox this season. Jose Altuve remains out of the Astros lineup this weekend. George Springer has landed on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring injury.
The Astros stand sixth in the big leagues with an average of 5.27 runs per game on the year. The Houston pitching continues to shine, registering a fantastic 3.41 team ERA, good for second in the Major Leagues. The Astros feature a dominant 19-6 home record entering Saturday’s action.
The Boston Red Sox are:
- 1-5 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record.
The Houston Astros are:
- 4-0 in Verlander’s last 4 home starts.
- 8-2 in Verlander’s last 10 starts against a team with a winning record.
- 23-9 in their last 32 games against a left-handed starter.