Texas will also have a lefty on the mound tonight with C.J. Wilson getting the call. He is 12-5 on the year with a 3.20 Era. His last time out, he held the Angels to two runs in seven innings to notch his 12th win of the season. Wilson is 3-1 against the Red Sox with an era of 1.69.
This is not to say that people were not watching the Cubs win9-8 today, they were, but it didn’t look to me like most people were watching as intently as they do during the regular season. I only saw one person keep score today, which was a real trial as there were 46 different players in today’s game! Keeping a scorecard is a real challenge with so many different players!
Boston has only managed to win five of its last 10 games but it remains just a half a game in the back of New York in the most heated division race in the Majors. The Red Sox are 77-49 overall; 38-24 at home and 39-25 on the road.
Hitting with runners in scoring position with less than two outs, hitting into a high number of double plays, and not throwing runners out at second are just a few of the simple tasks they struggle with. So far the Sox have beaten themselves in many games, but if a few key players step it up the sky is the limit.
It seems Rodriguez will get up to 49 more shots, as the appeal on his suspension is set to last into the offseason. Because he was only suspended under baseball’s drug policy and not the collective bargaining agreement, he still had a chance to appeal. Unlike everyone else in the Biogenesis scandal, he took that chance.
The Indians made things interesting in the ninth, scoring twice off sale jerseys, who earned his fourth save despite allowing Sutton’s first home run that scored Luis Valbuena, who singled with two outs.
The Giants averaged 27.1 putouts, the Tigers averaged 26.7 and the Pirates averaged 26.1. The team with the least number of putouts was the Cubs, Orioles, Nationals, Indians, Diamondbacks, Athletics, and Pirates.