Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles
When and Where: Wednesday, May 8, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Md., 7:05 p.m. EDT.
Having avoided matching his longest run without winning starts in his career, Chris Sale looks to resume the business of winning Wednesday night when the Boston Red Sox conclude a three-game series versus the Baltimore Orioles.
Sale out to build on 100th career victory as starter
Sale (1-5, 5.25 ERA) had only gone seven consecutive starts without a win once in his career, from June 6-July 7, 2013, while pitching for the Chicago White Sox.
It may have taken facing his former team to show that seven-time All-Star form, as the left-hander shredded through the White Sox on Friday night, striking out a season high-tying 10 in six shutout innings while scattering three hits and a walk in Boston’s 6-1 victory.
Chris Sale last 3 starts:
18 IP, 12 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 28 K pic.twitter.com/MwTOG62ex7
— Boston Strong (@BostonStrong_34) May 4, 2019
“It was nice to feel like I’m back on track and actually help this team win a ballgame,” Sale told the Boston Herald. “Just kind of got back to some old little things I used to do, I talked with AC and (pitching coach Dana LeVangie) a lot this week about getting back to doing some things that I used to do, things that made me successful and things that changed a couple of things. Just kind of focused on some of the things that made me successful before.”
Sale’s spot in the rotation did not come up in last month’s series between the AL East rivals, which may have prevented him from finding a groove sooner. The southpaw is 7-0 with a 1.78 ERA in his last nine starts versus Baltimore, striking out 88 in just 55 2-3 innings for a staggering 14.23 strikeouts per nine innings.
He went 2-0 in four starts last year, fanning 37 in 20 2-3 innings while holding Orioles hitters to a .127 batting average. Trey Mancini has been able to size up Sale, though, going 7 for 19 with two doubles and a triple. Chris Davis has not, striking out nine times while scratching out two singles in 22 at-bats.
Cashner tries again to top 2018 win total
Andrew Cashner (4-1, 4.71) makes his second bid to surpass his win total from last year, when he endured a 4-15 season with a 5.29 ERA. The right-hander fared nowhere near as well on Sale on the south side of Chicago last Wednesday, yielding five runs and six hits in four innings.
3. Andrew Cashner's changeup
– 46.2% chase rate
– 43.5% zone rate
– 16.5% SwStr rate pic.twitter.com/KH8bufLb7q
— Ben Palmer (@benjpalmer) April 29, 2019
His teammates got him off the hook for a loss, rallying to tie the game before eventually losing 7-6. That compensated for some of the fielding miscues that took place as Baltimore committed two errors behind him and allowed a three-run single.
Cashner picked up one of his wins at Boston on April 13, yielding three runs and five hits in five innings of a 9-5 victory to improve to 2-1 lifetime against the Red Sox. The righty has also been effective at home in his two starts this season, winning both while posting a 2.92 ERA. The offense has also been generous in his support in those games, totaling 15 runs.
Xander Bogearts is 3 for 8 with a homer in his dealings with Cashner.
The Red Sox are:
- 13-2 in Sale’s last 15 starts during game 3 of a series.
- 7-1 in Sale’s last eight Wednesday starts.
- 16-5 in Sale’s last 21 road starts vs. sub-.500 teams.
The Orioles are:
- 0-7 in their last seven home games vs. left-handed starters.
- 0-4 in Cashner’s last four starts on six days’ rest.
- 1-9 in their last 10 games vs. left-handed starters.