After a tough loss to the San Francisco Giants Wednesday night and a travel day on Thursday, the Red Sox will look to get back on track as they start a weekend series against the Minnesota Twins. The Twins are currently 18-41 and fifth in the American League Central. The only other team with a worse record than the lowly Twins are the Atlanta Braves, who are currently 17-42.
Tyler Duffey will get the start for the Twins, who has not pitched well since throwing seven shutout innings against the Cleveland Indians in mid-May. In his first three starts, Duffey posted a 1.85 ERA, but has since thrown for a 7.94 ERA. In his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, Duffey gave up four runs in 5.2 innings.On the season, Duffey is 2-4 with a 4.79 ERA. The Red Sox should feast on this guy.
The Red Sox will be sending Steven Wright to the mound, who currently has the third lowest ERA in the American League at 2.29. While Wright (and Ryan Hanigan) were not sharp last game, Wright has a personal three-game win streak and is the first pitcher to throw three complete games on the road since 1991-1992, when Roger Clemens accomplished this.