After reeling off five straight wins, the Red Sox are trying hard to stay in the hunt but the question is, can they keep their winning ways as they begin a mini two-game with the Phillies?
Philadelphia (64-60 SU) vs Boston (67-59 SU)
Game Time: Tuesday, August 20th, 7:05 PM ET
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The Phillies will attempt to rebound tonight after dropping two of three to the Padres. So as to get back on the right track, Philadelphia’s ace Aaron Nola (11-3, 3.56 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) will take the mound after a dazzling performance in his last outing where he allowed just 1 run on three hits in an 11-1 demolition of the Chicago Cubs. The 26-year-old right-hander has confronted the Red Sox just once in his profession, which came a bit over a year ago when he uttered a run on four hits in eight innings of work, resulting in a 2-1 extra-innings reduction to the eventual World Series champs.
The Red Sox rotation is in a bit of a quandary after Chris Sale was closed down for the year due to inflammation of the left elbow. Thus, Boston will send reliever/starter Brian Johnson (1-1, 6.45 ERA, 2.01 WHIP) to the bulge tonight with the hope he can undergo a few innings without an excessive amount of damage. In his last start, Johnson pitched innings in which he allowed one earned run over Cleveland. Supervisor Alex Cora was cautious with Johnson this season, primarily limiting his begins before the relief corps occurs over. The maximum Johnson has gone this year was five innings against the Yankees if he surrendered one run (none earned) on four hits in an 8-7 loss back in June.
The MLB odds are showing the Red Sox as slight favorites in this one, regardless of Philadelphia’s favorable pitching matchup. Much of this has to do with Boston’s prolific offense which has plated an average of 5.8 runs per game, trailing only the Yankees in this category. Twenty-two-year-old Rafael Devers is currently penalizing the ball this season with a .332 batting average, 27 home runs, and 101 RBI which makes him an MVP candidate. Devers lit up the Orioles’ pitchers on Sunday after he went 4-for-5 using a home run, a pair of doubles and four RBI to lead the Sox to a victory.
Their record is evidence that pitching is overriding in baseball as great as the Boston lineup is. All season has plagued them although the Phillies offense remains sane. Brian Johnson is more appropriate to mid-relief than he is a pitcher and also contrary to a stud for example Aaron Nola, I don’t find this moving the way of Boston tonight. Their bullpen has been suspect, even though Johnson will give these three decent innings, along with also they have been haunted by the absence of a closer because they neglected to Craig Kimbrel from this past year. I will take the cost on the Phillies within my MLB picks and keep cashing these tickets!
Last rating: Phillies 7 — Red Sox 4