Red Sox struggle against Rangers; moves forward with the Tigers
For the first time since the season opener in Fenway Park, the Red Sox lost the series three games to one against the Texas rangers. In game one in the 6th inning, Rangers catcher Jose Trevino hit a two-run homer off of Pitcher Sawamura in which the team went up 3-1. Rangers would win 4-1. The only run Red Sox scored came in the top 6th inning when Devers doubled that allowed Verdugo to score. The Red Sox as a team batted .100. They only hit 3 times and went 1-for-5 in runners in scoring position.
In game 2, JD Martinez homered twice against starting pitcher Kohei Arihara. The Red Sox breezed through the game winning 6-1.
In game 3, The Red Sox were in the lead at the end of 5 innings 5-4. However, Matt Andriese could not hold the Rangers and gave up 3 earned runs. Willie Calhoun homered off Andriese and went 3 for 4. Rangers won 8-6. The Red Sox offense came alive, batting a .316. However, they could not capitalize when they had runners in scoring position. They went 4 for 13. Cordero, Verdugo, Devers, and Dalbec could not become clutch at the given moment.
And in game 4, The red sox had a 3-1 lead in the 7th but Garrett Whitlock gave up a home run in the bottom of the 7th by SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa.It is the first time in this season that Whitlock gave up a run. He completed the inning with the lead intact. However, Adam Ottavino came in relief and only pitched ⅔ inning and gave up three runs allowing the Rangers to comeback and win.
The Red Sox
Xander Bogaerts .349 5HR 15RBI 62TB
JD Martinez .347 9HR 26RBI 72TB
Alex Verdugo .306 3HR 13RBI 9BB
Franchy Cordero OF .158 26K in 57AB nearly 50% of the time he is K'd.
Bobby Dalbec IF .200 28K in 75AB 1HR 6RBI.
Jarren Duran ,prospect, Jeter Downs, prospect from Dodgers, and Danny Santana, veteran from Rangers, among Red Sox AAA roster that may soon get a call up. The minor league season starts on May 4th.
After giving up a home run, Garrett Whitlock resiliently completed the inning against the Rangers. Sooner or later he had to give a run. However, it is still left questionable on Josh Taylor and Adam Ottavino. Ottavino was considered to compete for a closer job. That job went to Matt Barnes as he looks impressive with a 2.51 ERA and 6 saves. Ottavino, Taylor, are the only pitchers in the bullpen with an ERA greater than 5. Taylor has given up 18 hits in 11 appearances. Ottavino has walked 9 batters in 10 IP.
Something has to change in the roster to boost up the lineup and reduce blown opportunities. In the Ranger series, the Red Sox as a team batted a .224. They were outscored 18-16 and struck out 31 times. That ties the second most in the series this season.
Look at the MLB Standings AL East.
The Toronto Blue Jays have won 7 of their last 10 games. They are 1.5 games behind the Red Sox. In the last week, Vladimir Guerrero JR, Bo Bichetteand Lourdes Gurriel Jr have been on a hot streak. George Springer returns from the DL and on May 1st, belts 2 HRs.
The New York Yankees have also won 7 of their last 10 games and are currently in third place. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have gotten hot. In the last week, Judge is batting .400 3 HR and 10 RBIs. Stanton is batting .500. 13 for 26 with 1HR.
The Tampa Bay Rays are in 4th and the Baltimore Orioles are in 5th place.
The standings is still a tight race. As of now, the Blue Jays and Yankees are the hottest teams in the division.
The Red Sox will hope to bounce back as they host the Detroit Tigers in a three game series. The series starts Tuesday May 4 and will then travel to Baltimore for a four game series.
Pitchers that will start will be
Game 1 Nick Pivetta vs TBD
Pivetta has had quite a success against the Tigers. Tigers are batting .069.
Game 2 Martin Perez vs Casey Mize
Perez has allowed Tigers to bat a .271. If he can get outs from Miguel Cabrera and Robbie Grossman, he will do fine. Tigers Casey Mize will face the Red Sox for the first time. He has only pitched to Marwin Gonzalez.
Game 3 Nathan Eovaldi vs Spencer Turnbull
Eovaldi has allied the Tigers to bat a .255. Wilson Ramos and Miguel Cabrera have batted well against Eovaldi. Tigers Spencer Turnbull has quite a success against the Red Sox. The Red Sox are only batting .214 against him. Franchy Cordero has had success against Turnbull while with the Royals. However, it seems as though he cannot see the ball or get his timing on straight with the bat.
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