The Red Sox are still trying hard to remain in the wildcard hunt but the question is, can they maintain their winning ways as they start a miniature set with the Phillies?
Philadelphia (64-60 SU) vs Boston (67-59 SU)
Game Time: Tuesday, August 20th, 7:05 PM ET
Free MLB Pick: Phillies
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After dropping two of three to the Padres on the 18, the Phillies will try to rally tonight. To be able to get back on the right track, Philadelphias ace Aaron Nola (11-3, 3.56 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) will take the mound after a brilliant performance in his final outing in which he allowed just 1 run on three hits in an 11-1 demolition of the Chicago Cubs. Even the 26-year-old right-hander has confronted the Red Sox once when he yielded a run on four hits in eight innings of work, leading to a 2-1 extra-innings loss to the eventual World Series champs in his career, which arrived a little over a year back.
After Chris Sale was shut down for the period Even the Red Sox starting rotation is at a small quandary. So, Boston will send reliever/starter Brian Johnson (1-1, 6.45 ERA, 2.01 WHIP) into the bulge tonight with the expectation he can get through a couple innings without an excessive amount of harm. In his final start, Johnson pitched two-plus innings in which he allowed one earned run on three hits in a 5-1 win over Cleveland. Prior to the aid corps happens over Supervisor Alex Cora was wary with Johnson this year limiting his starts to only a few innings. The longest Johnson has gone this season 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 chances are revealing the Red Sox as favorites in this one, despite the favorable pitching matchup of Philadelphia. A lot of this has to perform Bostons prolific offense which has plated an average of 5.8 runs per game, trailing just the Yankees in this class. Twenty-two-year-old Rafael Devers is currently penalizing the ball this year with a .332 batting average, 27 home runs, and 101 RBI making him an MVP candidate that is undeniable. The Orioles pitchers lit on Sunday if he travelled a pair of doubles and four RBI to lead the Sox into a 13-7 victory.
Their document is further evidence that pitching is paramount in baseball as great as the Boston lineup is. Throughout the year has plagued them although the Phillies offense is fair. Brian Johnson is much more appropriate to mid-relief than hes I dont find this moving tonight to the way of Boston and a starting pitcher. Even if Johnson does give three decent innings to these, their bullpen was suspect, along with also the absence of a nearer has haunted them since they failed to Craig Kimbrel from this past year. I keep cashing those tickets and will take the price on the Phillies!
Rating: Phillies 7 — Red Sox 4