|BOSTON ( EOVALDI )|
MINNESOTA ( MAEDA )
|*Doubleheader Game #1 (7 Innings)|
|919||BOSTON||+140||Ov 6,-115||+135||Ov 6,-110|
|920||MINNESOTA||-150||Un 6,-105||-145||Un 6,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-1||+2.8||4-1||8.0||0.318||0.364||0.564||0.928||4.6||0.220||0.304||0.335||0.639|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7.6||6-1||8.1||0.318||0.364||0.566||0.929||3.9||0.200||0.299||0.329||0.628|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-3||-1||4-2||6.5||0.256||0.343||0.452||0.795||4.3||0.231||0.279||0.363||0.642|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.4||3-4||6.0||0.260||0.337||0.440||0.777||4.3||0.251||0.297||0.449||0.746|
|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)||7-3||W||-150||9 ov||O||12||8||1||5||4||1|
|4/10/2021||RICHARDS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||ZIMMERMANN(L)||6-4||W||-125||9.5 un||O||10||7||0||8||11||0|
|4/11/2021||PIVETTA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||LOPEZ(R)||14-9||W||-140||9.5 ov||O||17||9||1||10||7||3|
|4/13/2021||PEREZ(L)||@ MINNESOTA||HAPP(L)||4-2||W||115||9 un||U||7||3||2||5||10||0|
|4/14/2021||EOVALDI(R)||@ MINNESOTA||MAEDA(R)|| |
|4/14/2021||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ MINNESOTA||BERRIOS(R)|| |
|4/15/2021||RICHARDS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PINEDA(R)|| |
|4/16/2021|| ||CHI WHITE SOX||CEASE(R)|| |
|4/17/2021|| ||CHI WHITE SOX||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|4/18/2021|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/19/2021|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/20/2021|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|4/21/2021|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|4/1/2021||MAEDA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||WOODRUFF(R)||5-6||L||100||7.5 un||O||10||13||2||11||10||0|
|4/3/2021||BERRIOS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||BURNES(R)||2-0||W||125||7.5 un||U||4||3||0||1||3||0|
|4/4/2021||PINEDA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||HOUSER(R)||8-2||W||100||8 ev||O||11||6||1||5||7||1|
|4/5/2021||SHOEMAKER(R)||@ DETROIT||URENA(R)||15-6||W||-155||8.5 ov||O||14||9||0||8||4||1|
|4/6/2021||HAPP(L)||@ DETROIT||MIZE(R)||3-4||L||-145||9 un||U||9||10||0||10||9||1|
|4/7/2021||MAEDA(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)||3-2||W||-170||8.5 un||U||7||3||1||8||4||0|
|4/16/2021|| ||@ LA ANGELS||HEANEY(L)|| |
|4/17/2021|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/18/2021|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/19/2021|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|4/20/2021|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|4/21/2021|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|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.
|MINNESOTA: He's Here: SS Andrelton Simmons, RHP Alex Colom', LHP J.A. Happ, RHP Matt Shoemaker, RHP Hansel Robles, RHP Shaun Anderson, OF Kyle Garlick, OF Keon Broxton.
He's Outta Here: LF Eddie Rosario, RHP Sergio Romo, RHP Trevor May, RHP Jake Odorizzi, INF/OF Marwin Gonzalez, LHP Rich Hill, RHP Tyler Clippard, RHP Matt Wisler, INF Ehire Adrianza, C Alex Avila.
Projected Lineup: RF Max Kepler (.228, 9 HRs, 23 RBIs), 2B Jorge Polanco (.258, 4, 19), 3B Josh Donaldson (.222, 6, 11 in 28 games), DH Nelson Cruz (.303, 16, 33, 33 runs, .992 OPS), 1B Miguel San' (.204, 13, 25, 90 strikeouts), LF Alex Kirilloff (rookie) or Brent Rooker (.316, 1, 5 in 7 games), CF Byron Buxton (.254, 13, 27 in 39 games), C Mitch Garver (.167, 2, 5 in 23 games), SS Andrelton Simmons (.297, 0, 10 in 30 games with Angels).
Rotation: RH Kenta Maeda (6-1, 2.70 ERA), RH Jos' Berr'os (5-4, 4.00), RH Michael Pineda (2-0, 3.38 in 5 starts), LH J.A. Happ (2-2, 3.47 for Yankees), RH Matt Shoemaker (0-1, 4.71 in 6 starts for Blue Jays).
Key Relievers: RH Alex Colom' (2-0, 0.81, 12/13 saves for White Sox), LH Taylor Rogers (2-4, 4.05, 9/11 saves), RH Tyler Duffey (1-1, 1.88, 24 strikeouts in 31 innings), RH Hansel Robles (0-2, 10.26 in 16 2/3 innings for Angels), RH Jorge Alcal' (2-1, 2.63).
Outlook: The Twins have returned largely the same team that won the last two AL Central titles, aiming to end their major league-record 18-game postseason losing streak. The pitching staff was superb during the pandemic-shortened 2020 schedule, and Happ and Shoemaker have added value and experience to the rotation with Randy Dobnak moving to a long-relief role after making 10 starts last year. Maeda and Berr'os make for a solid one-two punch, but whether the pitching is deep enough for a postseason run remains to be seen. Signing away Colom' from their primary division competitor ought to pay off over the long haul, but to stay ahead of the White Sox, the offense will have to produce more like 2019 than 2020. Kirilloff made his major league debut in the playoffs after tearing up the team's alternate training site with an otherworldly hitting display. The Twins could keep him in Triple-A to start and let Rooker, another of the organization's top prospects, show off his bat. Garlick or Broxton could stick around for depth in the meantime. Keeping Buxton and Donaldson healthy figures to be the biggest key to success for the lineup, after a balky calf kept Donaldson from doing much in his debut with the Twins last year. The arrival of Simmons has given the infield defense a big boost and allowed the offense-oriented Polanco to move to a position that's a more natural fit. There should be a winning team waiting for Twins fans who file back into Target Field, starting at about 25% capacity. What ultimately matters, though, after the summer fun is whether this talented club can finally win a game in the fall.
|Last Updated: 5/17/2021 1:52:31 AM EST|