After a brief stint on the disabled list with shoulder discomfort, righty flamethrower Joe Kelly will be activated at some point today to make his first start since April in the second game of this series with the Cleveland Indians. Kelly was not great in his three starts before being injured, as he went 1-0 with a 9.35 ERA and only struck out 11. However, in his last rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket, Kelly was able to strike out 10 batters in 6.1 inning. Kelly's problem has always been his fastball. He can throw the baseball 100 MPH, but if there is no movement to his pitches, then major league hitters will be able to hit it out of the ballpark. Before Kelly was injured, we saw a drop in his velocity, but saw more movement and command of his pitches, which is vital to him becoming a quality MLB starter.
For the Indians, they will be sending Trevor Bauer to the mound, who has been the model of mediocre this season. Currently sporting a 3-1 record and an ERA of 3.89, Bauer was able to pitch 6.2 innings while only giving up three runs in his last start against the Minnesota Twins. However, he was not able to get any run support and ultimately took his first loss of the season. While the Red Sox offense has been in a lull as of late, hopefully they will be able to feast on Bauer and get back to their winning ways. The Red Sox have lost three out of their last four contests, as the competition gets more difficult.