The Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers will resume a four-game AL series Wednesday night from Fenway Park. The Rangers will send 32-year old right-hander Lance Lynn to the hill, and 30-year old right-hander Rick Porcello will toe the rubber for the Red Sox. The Rangers tallied a 4-3 win in Monday’s season series opener.
Lynn Seeks Seventh Consecutive Quality Start
Lance Lynn will get the nod for the 14th time of the season, aiming for his second win of the month. Lynn was terrific in his previous start, holding the Athletics to only two runs in six innings, resulting in the no-decision in a contest the Rangers lost. The seven-year veteran right-hander has been very reliable recently, filing six straight Quality Starts, and he features a 4.39 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP accompanied with a 7-4 record in 80 innings pitched. Lynn has silenced the Red Sox in his 33 career head-to-head innings, registering a stifling 1.91 ERA and a 2-1 record .Andrew Benintendi is 2 for 11 against Lynn, while Xander Bogaerts is 1 for 14, and JD Martinez is 3 for 18.
How about the lead instead? 😎 pic.twitter.com/1QqdOh3efq
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) June 11, 2019
Watch for Rougned Odor in this one as he is 7 for 12 with five RBI’s against Red Sox’ starter Rick Porcello. The 25-year old second baseman is having an awful season, hitting an abysmal .175 with only seven home runs and 29 RBI’s. Odor went 4 for 11 with one RBI against the Red Sox last season and 0 for 3 in Monday’s loss. The Rangers continue to play without slugger Joey Gallo.
The Rangers continue to produce at the plate, and they now stand second in the Majors with an average of 5.66 runs on the season. The Texas pitching staff is carrying a 4.84 team ERA, placing them 22nd in the big leagues. The Rangers are 11-18 away from from this season entering Tuesday.
Porcello Charged with Second Straight Defeat
Rick Porcello will be on the mound for the 14th time of the year in this one. Porcello was shaky in his previous start, allowing four runs on eight hits in six innings against the Rays, leading to the defeat to drop his record to 4-6. The 10-year veteran right-hander has squandered a combined nine runs in his last two starts, and he owns a 4.86 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP in 74 innings of action. The Rangers have given Porcello trouble as he is carrying a terrible 5.16 ERA in 12 career meetings, although he does hold a 7-4 record. Elvis Andrus is 5 for 29 against Porcello, while Danny Santana is 4 for 16, and Shin-Soo Choo is 13 for 48.
Benny gets things started early! pic.twitter.com/jWSX1g7vGP
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) June 10, 2019
Andrew Benintendi is riding an eight-game winning streak heading into Tuesday, and he features a .306 average in June. The career .279 hitter hasn’t been as effective as last season similar to most of the Red Sox lineup, and he enters this one hitting .265 with seven homers and 28 RBI’s. Benintendi went 9 for 26 with three RBI’s against the Rangers last season, and he drove in two runs in Monday’s loss. Mitch Moreland and Steve Pearce remain sidelined.
The Red Sox continue to have an inconsistent season at the plate, and they rank eighth in the Majors with an average of 5.22 runs on the season. The Boston pitching staff holds a 4.37 team ERA, pegging them 16th in the Major Leagues. The Red Sox are 15-16 at Fenway Park entering Tuesday.
The Texas Rangers are:
- 4-0 in Lynn’s last 4 starts on 4 days of rest.
- 11-4 in their last 15 games against a right-handed starter.
- 8-3 in their last 11 games overall.
The Boston Red Sox are:
- 1-6 in their last 7 home games.
- 2-5 in Porcello’s last 7 starts against a team with a winning record.
- 1-4 in their last 5 games overall.