The first placeMinnesota Twins will host the Boston Red Sox in the three-game series opener Monday night from Target Field. The Red Sox will give the starting nod to 30-year old right-hander Rick Porcello, and the Twins will hand the ball to 25-year old right-hander Jose Berrios. The Red Sox went 4-3 against the Twins last season.
Porcello Shines Against Rangers, Eyes First Win of June
Rick Porcello will get the starting nod for the 15th time of the year, seeking his first win of June. Porcello was solid in his previous start, holding the Rangers to only two runs in 6.2 innings, resulting in a no-decision in a 4-3 Red Sox’ win. The 10-year veteran right-hander owns a poor 5.71 ERA on the month, and he enters this one with a weak 4.69 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP to go along with a 4-6 record in 80.2 innings pitched. Porcello has had success in his career against the Twins, filing a 12-10 record and a solid 3.83 ERA in 185.2 innings. Max Kepler is 3 for 15 against Porcello, while Eddie Rosario is 2 for 18, and Jorge Polanco is 2 for 9.
A Brock hit reel to start your Sunday. You're welcome. pic.twitter.com/71wmLMEm1L
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) June 16, 2019
J.D. Martinez has been able to break through against Twins’ starter Jose Berrios, notching 4 hits in 11 at-bats with three RBI’s and two walks. The 31-year old left fielder hasn’t been quite as productive as last season, although he has heated up recently, launching four homers and five RBI’s in his last four games. Martinez features a .298 average with 16 homers and 39 RBI’s on the season. Andrew Benintendi is questionable for this one.
The Red Sox have heated up at the plate, and they stand fifth in the Majors with an average of 5.40 runs on the season. The Boston pitching staff owns a 4.34 team ERA, placing them 13th in the Major Leagues. The Red Sox are a solid 22-17 on the road this season.
Berrios Spins Gem Against Mariners, Targets Sixth Home Win
Twins’ ace Jose Berrios will take the mound for the 15th time of the season, aiming for win number nine. Berrios resumed his outstanding work in his latest effort, limiting the Mariners to only one run in 6.2 innings, resulting in a no-decision in a contest the Twins lost. The talented right-hander has registered four consecutive Quality Starts, and he features a 3.01 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP accompanied with an 8-2 record in 89.2 innings of action. He hasn’t seen much of the Red Sox in his young career, logging an 0-2 record and a 4.15 ERA in three career meetings. Xander Bogaerts is 0 for 6 against Berrios, while J.D. Martinez is 4 for 11, and Mookie Betts is 3 for 9.
.@Jorge_Polanco1 leads a lot of statistical categories in the AL. He now has 21 doubles, for one thing, tying his teammate, Buxton.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) June 16, 2019
Marwin Gonzalez has fared well in his career against Red Sox’ starter Rick Porcello, collecting 4 hits in 10 at-bats with two RBI’s. The 30-year old third baseman is one of many hot Twins’ hitters, recording a .340 average with nine RBI’s on the month. Gonzalez is currently hitting .262 with nine homers and 26 RBI’s on the season.
The Twins potent lineup continues to lead all of baseball with an average of 5.96 runs per game. The Minnesota pitching staff features a 3.95 team ERA, good for seventh in the big leagues. The Twins are tough to beat at home where they feature a 23-11 record.
The Boston Red Sox are:
- 6-13 in their last 19 games against a team with a winning record.
The Minnesota Twins are:
- 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record.
- 4-1 in Berrios’ last 5 starts overall.
- 8-2 in their last 10 home games against a team with a winning record.