After a horrid start for the Champion Boston Red Sox, things seem to be stabilizing and getting back to normal by their standards after a three-game sweep of the Athletics raising their record to 14-17. The White Sox (12-15) while not expected to compete with the big boys, have some exciting up and coming players to be excited about.
Boston is scheduled to pitch their top of the rotation starters in this three-game set, at least with David Price, the series opener, and Chris Sale. Price has thus far been the best starter for the Red Sox. He’s settled in nicely with three straight nice starts of giving up two runs or less, striking out 24 batter in his last 18 innings of work. With an 0-5 start to the season and a pitiful 6.30 ERA, the ace of the staff, Sale, looks for his first win of the season in his old stomping grounds. A place he’s had great success with a lifetime record of 43-24 and a 3.06 ERA. He’s showed positive signs last time out, holding the Rays to two runs through seven innings.
Eduardo Rodriguez throws the series finale, another Red Sox starter with crooked numbers to start the year, featuring a 6.16 ERA. However, he’s fared decent against the White Sox in three career starts pitching to a 3.06 ERA and 1-0 record. Last time out against Oakland, he was tagged for four runs in 4 2/3 innings.
With a couple of recent whether cancelations and a double header yesterday, the White Sox have not announced their starters for this series. One player who is chomping at the bit for this series is Yoan Moncada, who’s off to a blistering start. Recall, he was the main get back in the trade with Chris Sale along with three other notable prospects, pitcher Michael Kopeck who’s recovering from Tommy John surgery and won’t be playing until next season, pitcher Victor Diaz, and outfielder Luis Basabe. After a so-so first full season in 2018 with a sky high 217 strikeouts, Moncada has strung together an April giving fans a look into the type of player he’s been hyped up to be, hitting .314/.374 with six home runs and 20 RBI’s.
The sweep of the Athletics could be the springboard the Red Sox needed to help propel them back into the top ranks. Look for them to continue their rise and put an ugly April behind them.