The Boston Red Sox will host the New York Mets as the clubs close a three game interleague series Sunday afternoon from Fenway Park. The Mets will send 30-year old right-hander Jacob deGrom to the mound, and the Red Sox will counter with 29-year old left-hander Chris Sale. The Mets recorded an 8-0 win in Friday’s series opener.
Jacob deGrom Charged with Tough Luck Loss
Jacob deGrom will get the starting call for the 30th time of the season, looking to avoid his second straight loss. DeGrom came through with another outstanding performance in his previous start, holding the Marlins to only two runs in seven innings, but he received little run support and took the loss. The Mets’ ace has been the best pitcher in all of baseball this season, posting a stunning 1.71 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP accompanied with an 8-9 record in 195 innings of work. DeGrom limited the Red Sox to two runs in six innings in his lone career start in the 2015 season.
Michael Conforto is the hottest hitter in the Mets lineup right now, belting four homers with seven RBI’s in his last seven games, and he has amassed 15 RBI’s on the month. The 25-year old left fielder is having a strong second half, and he enters this one with a .239 average to go with 25 homers and 68 RBI’s. The Mets have heated up at the plate, and they are currently averaging 4.28 runs, ranking them 22nd in the Major Leagues. The New York pitching staff is carrying a 4.15 team ERA, pegging them 19th in the Majors.
Sale Pitches One Inning in Return from DL
Chris Sale will take the mound for the 25th time of the season in this one. Sale is slowly building his strength back after a shoulder injury, and he only tossed one shutout inning against the Blue Jays in his return from the DL earlier this week. The Red Sox ace is being eased back into action and he is only expected to pitch three innings in this contest. Sale is having a tremendous season, sporting a sparkling 1.96 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP accompanied with a 12-4 record in 147 innings of work. Sale limited the Mets to only three runs in eight innings in his lone career meeting back in the 2013 season.
J.D. Martinez has surpassed his previous career high in RBI’s and home runs by a wide margin, and he is currently sporting a .331 average with 41 home runs and 122 RBI’s, putting in contention for the Triple Crown and the MVP. The 31-year old right fielder has driven in another seven runs in his last six games, and he went in 1 for 2 Friday’s loss. The Red Sox offense leads the Majors with an average of 5.34 runs per game. The Boston pitching continues to shine, registering a 3.65 team ERA, good for fourth in the big leagues.
The Boston Red Sox are:
- No Key Trends
The New York Mets are:
- 5-1 in their last 6 road games.
- 4-0 in their last 4 games overall.
- 5-0 in their last 5 games in the third game of a series