|BOSTON ( RODRIGUEZ )|
BALTIMORE ( HARVEY )
|909||BOSTON||-170||Ov 9.5,+100||-150||Ov 9,-115|
|910||BALTIMORE||+160||Un 9.5,-120||+140||Un 9,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-1||+0.8||2-1||6.3||0.292||0.339||0.442||0.781||3.7||0.217||0.297||0.255||0.551|
|Past 7 Games||3-3||-1.5||4-2||5.2||0.258||0.302||0.392||0.694||4.5||0.251||0.332||0.321||0.653|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-1||-1||0-1||0.0||0.129||0.182||0.129||0.311||7.0||0.226||0.368||0.419||0.788|
|Past 7 Games||4-2||+4.4||2-4||4.0||0.229||0.279||0.322||0.602||3.7||0.228||0.297||0.347||0.644|
|4/5/2021||PIVETTA(R)||TAMPA BAY||WACHA(R)||11-2||W||-105||9.5 ov||O||16||6||0||7||9||1|
|4/6/2021||PEREZ(L)||TAMPA BAY||GLASNOW(R)||6-5||W||+145||9 un||O||10||10||0||8||10||0|
|4/7/2021||EOVALDI(R)||TAMPA BAY||YARBROUGH(L)||9-2||W||-110||8.5 ov||O||13||4||0||5||6||1|
|4/8/2021||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HARVEY(R)|| |
|4/10/2021||RICHARDS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||ZIMMERMANN(L)|| |
|4/11/2021||PIVETTA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||LOPEZ(R)|| |
|4/12/2021|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/13/2021|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/14/2021|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/15/2021|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/2/2021||MEANS(L)||@ BOSTON||EOVALDI(R)||3-0||W||155||9 ov||U||9||6||1||2||4||1|
|4/3/2021||HARVEY(R)||@ BOSTON||HOUCK(R)||4-2||W||155||9.5 ov||U||8||5||0||7||8||1|
|4/4/2021||ZIMMERMANN(L)||@ BOSTON||RICHARDS(R)||11-3||W||155||9.5 ov||O||17||14||0||6||5||0|
|4/5/2021||LOPEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||0-7||L||195||9.5 ov||U||4||6||0||7||7||1|
|4/6/2021||KREMER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||COLE(R)||2-7||L||245||8 un||O||7||5||0||11||8||0|
|4/7/2021||MEANS(L)||@ NY YANKEES||TAILLON(R)||4-3||W||180||8.5 ev||U||4||5||0||13||12||1|
|4/12/2021|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|4/13/2021|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|4/14/2021|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|4/15/2021|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|BOSTON: He's Here: Manager Alex Cora, 2B Enrique Hern'ndez, RHP Garrett Richards, LF Hunter Renfroe, RHP Adam Ottavino, OF Franchy Cordero, RHP Matt Andriese, RHP Garrett Whitlock, RHP Josh Winckowski, 3B Marwin Gonz'lez, RHP Hirokazo Sawamura.
He's Outta Here: Manager Ron Roenicke, 2B Dustin Pedroia, OF Andrew Benintendi, CF Jackie Bradley Jr., SS C.J. Chatham, C Devy Grullon, LHP Yoan Aybar, RHP Robert Stock, LHP Matt Hall, RHP Ryan Weber, RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Domingo Tapia.
Projected Lineup: 2B Enrique Hern'ndez (.230, 5 HRs, 20 RBIs), CF Alex Verdugo (.308, 6, 15), DH J.D. Martinez (.213, 7, 27), SS Xander Bogaerts (.300, 11, 28), 3B Rafael Devers (.263, 11, 43), RF Hunter Renfroe (.156, 8, 22), LF Marwin Gonz'lez (.211, 5, 37), C Christian V'zquez (.283, 7, 23), 1B Bobby Dalbec (.263, 8, 16).
Rotation: LH Eduardo Rodr'guez (19-6, 3.81 ERA in 2019; did not pitch in 2020 due to COVID-19), RH Nathan Eovaldi (4-2, 3.72), LH Mart'n P'rez (3-5, 4.50), RH Garrett Richards (2-2, 4.03), RH Nick Pivetta (2-0, 6.89), LH Chris Sale (6-11, 4.40 in 2019; expected back from Tommy John surgery midseason).
Key Relievers: RH Matt Barnes (1-3, 4.30, 5 saves), RH Hirokazu Sawamura (1-4, 3.05 for Chiba Lotte and Yomiuri in Japan), RH Adam Ottavino (2-3, 5.89), RH Matt Andriese (2-4, 4.50), RH Ryan Brasier (1-0, 3.96), LH Darwinzon Hern'ndez (1-0, 2.16).
Outlook: After winning the 2018 World Series, the team's fourth championship in 15 seasons, the Red Sox fired Cora in the wake of the Houston sign-stealing scandal last offseason and traded 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts and 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner David Price to the Dodgers in a salary dump. The Red Sox were also without Sale, who missed the entire 2020 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, and Rodr'guez, who was out with heart inflammation caused by COVID-19. Roenicke, promoted from bench coach after players started reporting to spring training, didn't have much of a chance. So the Red Sox moved on and brought back Cora, who served his one-year suspension for his role in the Astros scandal. The team's best hope of getting out of the cellar of the stacked AL East in 2021 is that he relights a spark in Martinez and Devers, who both struggled during the pandemic-shortened season; Rodriguez returns strong and Sale is able to recover by midseason. The retirement of Dustin Pedroia, who played only nine games in the past three years, provides clarity at second base and opened a spot that Hern'ndez should fill. Bogaerts is signed to a long-term deal and could become the star future teams are built around. Or, he could become the next Betts. Verdugo, the biggest acquisition in the Dodgers deal, is also a piece for the future. Fenway Park will be open to fans, beginning at 12% capacity, or around 4,500 people.
|BALTIMORE: He's Here: RHP Felix Hernandez, RHP Matt Harvey, SS Freddy Galvis, 3B Maikel Franco, OF Chris Shaw, 2B Yolmer Sanchez, RHP Mac Sceroler, RHP Tyler Wells.
He's Outta Here: RHP Alex Cobb, 2B Hanser Alberto, SS Jose Iglesias, OF Dwight Smith, 1B Renato Nunez, RHP David Hess, INF Andrew Velazquez, C Bryan Holaday, RHP Kohl Stewart.
Projected Lineup: CF Cedric Mullins (.271, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs, 7 SBs), LF Austin Hays (.279, 4, 9), 1B Trey Mancini (missed 2020 following colon cancer surgery), RF Anthony Santander (.261, 11, 32), 3B Maikel Franco (.278, 8, 38 for Royals), DH Ryan Mountcastle (.333, 5, 23), C Pedro Severino (.250, 5, 21), SS Freddy Galvis (.220, 7, 16 for Reds), 2B Yolmer Sanchez (.313, 1, 1 in 11 games for White Sox).
Rotation: LH John Means (2-4, 4.53 ERA), RH Dean Kremer (1-1, 4.82 in 4 games), RH Felix Hernandez (opted out of 2020), LH Keegan Akin (1-2, 4.56), RH Matt Harvey (0-3, 11.57 with Royals) or LH Bruce Zimmermann (0-0, 7.71 in 2 games) or LH Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 8.06).
Key Relievers: RHP Shawn Armstrong (2-0, 1.80), LHP Paul Fry (1-0, 2.45), LHP Tanner Scott (0-0, 1.31, 1 save), RHP Cole Sulser (1-5, 5.56, 5 saves), RHP Dillon Tate (1-1, 3.24), RHP Cesar Valdez (1-1, 1.26, 3 saves).
Outlook: Although the Orioles appeared to make some progress last year following two straight 100-loss seasons, general manager Mike Elias remains focused on long-term stability in his effort to slash the payroll and rebuild the franchise with draft picks and prospects obtained via trades for veteran talent. The restive fan base will welcome Mancini back, but he and Santander could be July trade chips. Chris Davis, entering the sixth season of a $161 million, seven-year contract, is likely to begin on the injured list after playing just 16 games and hitting only .115 last season. Aside from Means, a 2019 All-Star, the rotation is full of pitchers who have yet to establish themselves and veterans like Harvey and Hernandez, whose success came years ago. Hernandez was pulled from a spring start with elbow discomfort March 16. The bullpen, vastly improved in 2020, must provide stability for such a questionable rotation. The Orioles will allow about 11,000 fans ' 25% capacity ' at Camden Yards to begin the season.
|Winners of 3 straight, Red Sox visit for Orioles' home opener|
The Baltimore Orioles will celebrate their 2021 home opener Thursday when they host the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park.
The two AL East rivals have already played once this season, with Baltimore sweeping the three-game series in Boston and outscoring the Red Sox 18-5.
The Red Sox have not lost since, coming into this series with a sweep of Tampa Bay.
Baltimore went to New York and dropped the first two games before beating the Yankees 4-3 in 11 innings on Wednesday night.
Boston will welcome back lefty Eduardo Rodriguez, who missed all of the 2020 season after contracting COVID-19, which resulted in myocarditis.
Rodriguez, who turned 28 on Wednesday, started the season on the 10-day injured list after dealing with elbow inflammation (otherwise known as "dead arm") at the end of spring training.
Boston manager Alex Cora said Rodriguez really wanted to pitch against Tampa Bay on his birthday, but that wasn't possible.
"Good for him," Cora said, "but no."
Rodriguez made four starts in spring training and went 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA, striking out 15 in 13 2/3 innings.
Boston has won each of Rodriguez's last seven starts against the Orioles.
Since the start of 2018, he is 6-0 with a 1.66 ERA in nine games (seven starts) against Baltimore.
Despite coming off the IR, Rodriguez will not be on a pitch count Thursday.
"We'll take care of him, but there's not a hard number we have," Cora said. "We do believe he's ready to go deep into the game. So that's the most important thing."
Baltimore will counter with right-hander Matt Harvey, who has already faced the Red Sox.
On April 3, Harvey made the start against Boston and went 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits with four strikeouts.
He did not factor into the decision.
Oddly enough, Harvey had never faced the Red Sox in his career -- he grew up 90 minutes from Fenway in New London, Conn. -- before last week; now he faces them twice in six days.
This is also Harvey's first start at Camden Yards as a member of the Orioles and only his second career start there. The first came as a member of the Angels in 2019.
"I think every game you kind of get butterflies to some degree," Harvey said on Wednesday. "It's exciting. It's a big-league game. It's a big-league ballpark, and that never gets old. It only intensifies when it's the home opener. It's exciting and I am honored to get the ball."
The Orioles announced that pregame festivities for the home opener will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT with a 'Welcome Back Video' as fans are allowed back at Camden Yards for the first time since 2019.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott and United States Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh will throw a joint ceremonial first pitch.
Zadia, a musician born and raised in west Baltimore, will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner."
To make room for Rodriguez on the roster, the Red Sox sent right-hander Tanner Houck to the alternate training site.
Houck, 24, made his first Opening Day roster and started Boston's second game of the season April 3 against Baltimore. He allowed three runs (two earned) over five innings in a 4-2 loss.
He also pitched an inning of relief Tuesday against Tampa Bay, striking out two and allowing an unearned run in the 11th.
Drafted in the first round by Boston in 2017, Houck is 3-1 with a 1.17 ERA (3 ER/23.0 IP) in five career major league appearances with four starts.
--Field Level Media
|Last Updated: 5/16/2021 11:44:33 PM EST|