It’s the conclusion of an early week series between a pair of AL East teams down in the Sunshine State. The Boston Red Sox are on the road as they finish up a three-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday afternoon. In the opening game of the series Monday night, Boston rolled to a 9-4 victory to set themselves up for a potential series win. The pitching matchup for Tuesday night’s middle game of the series saw Chris Sale take the mound for the Red Sox against the Rays’ Yonny Chirinos. First pitch in that contest was scheduled for 7:07 pm ET.
Boston Red Sox Looking to Gain Ground in AL Wild Card Race
Boston bounced back from losing two of three to lowly Baltimore as they rolled to the win in the opening game of this set. The Red Sox entered Tuesday third in the AL East, 10 games behind the Yankees: they were two games behind Oakland for the second wild card spot. Boston got three hits from Andrew Benintendi (run, RBI) while Xander Bogaerts (two runs, RBI) and Marco Hernandez (two runs) each had two in the win. Eduardo Rodriguez (12-4) was rock solid as he picked up the win on the mound: he threw seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits with four walks and six strikeouts.
Benny was doing work at the plate. 💪 pic.twitter.com/6XyExw2NQB
— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 23, 2019
David Price is on the mound to make his 19th start of the season for the Red Sox in this contest. He comes in 7-3 with a 3.61 ERA, a 1.202 WHIP, 25 walks and 106 strikeouts over 92.1 innings of work on the year. Price took the loss in his last start, which came Friday on the road against the Orioles. He threw four innings, allowing six runs on eight hits with one walk and four strikeouts in an 11-2 Red Sox loss. Price is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA, a 1.57 WHIP, six walks and 17 strikeouts over 14 innings in his last three starts. He is 6-5 with a 3.16 ERA, a 1.062 WHIP, 30 walks and 118 strikeouts over 102.2 innings in 17 career appearances, 16 starts, against the Rays. Price is 37-30 with a 2.84 ERA, a 1.074 WHIP, 161 walks and 613 strikeouts over 628.1 innings in 94 career appearances, 92 starts, at Tropicana Field.
Tampa Bay Rays Trying to Stop Recent Struggles
Tampa Bay lost for the sixth time in seven games as they were blitzed early and couldn’t dig their way out of the hole. The Rays entered Tuesday second in the AL East, nine games behind the Yankees: they were one game behind the A’s for the second wild card spot. Guillermo Heredia (run), Mike Brousseau and Travis d’Arnaud (run, RBI) each had two hits for the Rays, who couldn’t overcome Boston’s seven-run third inning. Jalen Beeks (5-1) took the loss on the mound as he gave up eight runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts over 3.2 innings of work.
We gave it the weekend…
…still not sure how. pic.twitter.com/x4agW7iTVP
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) July 22, 2019
Charlie Morton takes the hill for his 22nd start of the season for the Rays in this contest. He is 11-3 with a 2.61 ERA, a 1.062 WHIP, 41 walks and 152 strikeouts over 124.1 innings of action this season. Morton took the loss in his last start, which came Thursday on the road against the Yankees. He threw 5.2 innings, allowing five runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts in a 5-1 Rays defeat. Morton is 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP, six walks and 20 strikeouts over 17.1 innings of work in his last three starts. He is 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA, a 1.286 WHIP, 11 walks and 34 strikeouts over 32.2 innings in six career starts against the Red Sox. Morton is 5-4 with a 3.19 ERA, a 1.064 WHIP, 21 walks and 103 strikeouts over 73.1 innings in 12 career starts at Tropicana Field.
- Red Sox are 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning record
- Red Sox are 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- Red Sox are 62-19 in their last 81 during game 3 of a series
- Rays are 1-6 in their last 7 overall
- Rays are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. American League East
- Rays are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record