It hasn’t been quite the home-opening series the Red Sox had been hoping for by any stretch of the imagination, but they will look to salvage the third and final game of a three-game set against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
Joe Kelly will take to the hill for the Red Sox in the series finale, while Baltimore sends out Ubaldo Jimenez. Kelly struggled mightily against the Toronto Blue Jays last week in his only start of the season to date, allowing 7 runs in 3+ innings, capped by a Josh Donaldson fourth inning grand slam. The righty picked up a no-decision however, as the Sox stormed back to pick up an 8-7 win. Jimenez, on the other hand, shined for Baltimore in his lone start of 2016, picking up a win while allowing just one earned run last week against the Minnesota Twins.
Starting pitching has been a struggle for the Red Sox in the early stages of the season, as the starting rotation has a combined ERA of 7.32 in the team’s first seven games. Offensively, the team has looking pretty solid this season, but a good offense would prove even more effective if the pitchers weren’t giving up over seven runs per game. The offense is ranked in the top six in the Majors in hits, doubles, runs, and batting average over the first seven games of the season, which is hopefully an indication of good things to come moving forward.
Oh, and Big Papi keeps hitting the seams off the ball. This one, from Tuesday night, his third of the season:
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