Boston vs W. Nationals by Sors
The hosts can rely on a powerful offense this season and although Mike Napoli (2-for-24) and Shane Victorino (2-for-20) have some problems lately, the rest of the team is doing pretty well.
The Red Sox have 0.253 BA from the previous seven games this season, with 43 runs and 9 HR in this period and went 13-for-34, with 9 runs and 2 HR in the first game of this series yesterday.
Unlike Boston, Washington is a team with big problems in offense since the beginning of the new season: .185 BA and only 17 runs in the previous seven games, as the Nationals went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position in the opening game of this series.
Anthony Rendon (.287 BA, 83 RBI, 21 HR in 2014) and Denard Span (.302 BA, 37 RBI, 5 HR in 2014) are on the 15-day disabled list, while Jayson Werth went 0-for-3 in his return to the starting lineup yesterday.
Justin Masterson, who will start for the Red Sox, pitched well in his first start this season, as the right-hander yielded 3 hits and 2 runs over six innings against the Phillies last Thursday, while striking out seven.Masterson gave up only 2 hits and 1 run over seven innings in his last start versus Washington on June 14, 2013 (2-1), with ten strikeouts.
Yunel Escobar is 3-for-14, with 1 BRI and a walk against Masterson, but Ian Desmond, Dan Uggla and Jayson Werth are a combined 0-for-11.
The Nationals gives the ball to Stephen Strasburg, who surrendered 9 hits and 6 runs (three earned) over 5 1/3 innings in his first start of the season against the Mets last Thursday.
In the point of fact, Strasburg yielded 4 hits and 2 runs, while striking out 13 over six innings in his last start at Fenway Park on June 8, 2012 (7-4), but now he will face a much different team.Hanley Ramirez is 5-for-16, with a homer, 2 RBI and three walks against Strasburg, Pablo Sandoval is 3-for-12 with a walk, while Dustin Pedroia is 1-for-3.
I think that the Red Sox will win the second game of this series.
|Boston||Pinnacle||1.93||8||8-7 WON (+7.44 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.