The Red Sox were able to take two out of three against the New York Yankees over the weekend, and were granted a rare off-day Monday to rest and get ready for a long home stand at Fenway Park. While the Red Sox were able to win the series, David Price struggled on Sunday Night Baseball and the Boston offense was not able to figure out Masahiro Tanaka. Nevertheless, the Red Sox are a game and a half behind the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the American League East and appear to be on the right path of playing meaningful baseball in August and September.
The Red Sox will be sending Rick Porcello to the mound, who has been the model of consistency so far this season. With a 11-2 record and a 3.66 ERA, Porcello has become the pitcher that the Red Sox thought they were acquiring when they sent All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to Dave Dombrowski and the Detroit Tigers two seasons ago. At Fenway Park this season, in nine starts, Porcello is 8-0 with a 3.32 ERA.
Admittedly, when the Red Sox have been out of the playoff picture come August in the past couple of seasons, I have gravitated towards the San Francisco Giants and their model of consistency. Because of their success in the 2010s, it is hard to disregard them when talking about some of the best sports franchises in the past 10 years.
The Giants will be sending old friend Jake Peavy to the mound, who has been struggling all year. With a 5-7 record and a 5.09 ERA, Peavy has underperformed all season and could have problems against the best offense in the MLB. However, with the best record in all of baseball, expect a challenge from the team from the Bay Area. Additionally, if you're going to the game tonight, show some love to our 2013 World Series Champion, Jake Peavy. Peavy struggled with the Red Sox, and specifically at Fenway Park for his duration with the club, so don't be surprised if he is roughed up a bit tonight.
Check below for the probable lineups, as the Red Sox appear to be strutting out the usual suspects: