The Boston Red Sox fell 5-0 to the Seattle Mariners on Sunday afternoon, ending their season high six game win streak.
Seattle improved to 22-29 with the win, as Boston dropped to 27-22.
It’s the fourth time this year the Red Sox have been shut out, and second time at Fenway Park (4/27 vs NYY).
Rick Porcello started the game for Boston and took the loss, allowing two earned runs while scattering 11 hits through 6 1/3 innings. The sinkerballer is now 3-6 with a 4.21 ERA on the year (11 starts).
11 hits allowed matched a season high (third time) for the 6’5” righthander, including his previous start vs Texas.
Porcello, last year’s AL Cy Young winner, has now allowed 40 hits in his last four starts. Opponents are hitting .329 against him in the month of May and .306 overall (was .230 in 2016).
Sunday also marked the seventh time in 2017 that Porcello has left a game without receiving a run of support prior to his departure.
Making his first career appearance against the Red Sox, RHP Christian Bergman picked up the win tossing seven innings of four hit ball while inducing four double plays (all in consecutive innings to begin game). He is now 2-2 on the season.
Bergman entered the game with a 6.30 ERA, in large part to his previous start against the Nationals in which he allowed 10 earned runs in four innings (was 2.25 prior).
The Red Sox will try to begin a new win streak on Memorial Day Monday (2:10 pm ET) in Chicago against the White Sox as lefty David Price makes his 2017 debut. The game kicks off a 10 game road trip for Boston as they will follow with trips to Baltimore and New York (Yankees).
To make room for Price on the 25 man roster, RHP reliever Brandon Workman was optioned to Pawtucket, just a week after getting recalled.
Workman has made just one appearance (5/4) in two big league stints this year.
During Boston’s six game win streak, starting pitchers were 6-0 with a 2.51 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 43 innings. In addition, the offense scored 47 runs while hitting to the tune of a .330 average (66 for 200), and the defense committed just two errors.
Perhaps the biggest highlight of the streak came on Saturday afternoon, as spot starter Brian Johnson tossed a five hit shutout in his third career start and first at Fenway. By doing so, he became the first Red Sox pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 1998 to throw a shutout in his first home start with the club (also against the Mariners).
Johnson’s struggles with anxiety have been well documented, almost forcing him to retire from the game altogether. Definitely an awesome feel-good moment for himself that should only boost his confidence.
Journeyman reliever Blaine Boyer was recalled from Pawtucket to fill Johnson’s spot on the roster, both moves being announced on Sunday.
Boyer recorded the final two outs in the series finale for Boston, a scoreless appearance.
With the Yankees’ 9-5 win against Oakland on Sunday, the Red Sox trail them by three games in the AL East and four games in the loss column at the conclusion of the weekend.
Boston still maintains the top Wild Card spot in the AL, leading Baltimore and Cleveland (who both lost Sunday) by 1.5 games.
Red Sox Take Game 2 in 2018 MLB World Series
Last night in the 2018 MLB World Series, it was game 2 between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. After 9 1/2 innings, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2.
it was David Price (BOS) going up against Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) on the pitching mound.
In six innings of the world series, David Price had an ERA of 3.00 with 3 hits and 2 runs and zero home runs.
On the LA Dodgers side, Hyun-Jin Ryu was the pitcher for the Dodgers. He only lasted 4.2 innings with 6 hits and 4 runs but zero home runs.
Game 3 is set for Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8:06 on Fox
Yankees, Red Sox Negotiating London 2-Game Series
The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox are closing in on an agreement to play a two-game series in London in June 2019, according to Bloomberg’s Janet Perkins and Scott Soshnick.
Reportedly the games will be held at London Stadium, which played host to several events at the 2012 Summer Olympics, if a deal is made official.
The stadium can hold up to 65,000 fans for sporting events and if a deal is made official it will continue MLB’s trend of playing regular season games in other countries such as Japan, Mexico, Australia and Puerto Rico over the years.
The Yankees and Red Sox are easily among the top MLB franchises in terms of global recognition and their storied rivalry and rosters of elite players will be an easy draw for the series as MLB looks to penetrate the European market.
It could also present quite the online betting opportunity for both US and European betting sites, especially as the series kicks off. When it does, this LVbet bonus code could come in handy, especially if it will be the first time you try your hand at something like this.
“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make,” Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.
Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics. MLB has not played any games in Europe before, however, the Red Sox have played overseas in the past, including to Japan before the 2008 season.
“It’s a shorter trip than to California, right?” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone, who has never been to London, commented. “Let’s get the royal family out there. Maybe the queen can make an appearance.”
“It’s following the leader — the N.F.L.,” said Allen Adamson, a branding expert and an adjunct professor at N.Y.U. “It’s good for the Yankees, it’s good for Boston, and an attempt to inject some topspin into the sport, but I don’t think it mitigates the need to revitalize baseball in the United States.”
Adamson added: “It would be more interesting to play in Havana.”
The Yankees are in a business partnership with Manchester City F.C, so they are very familiar with the European sports landscape and the audience, and fans, that attend events across the pond.
MLB is trying to follow in the NFL’s footsteps, as both are chasing the NBA who have spearheaded the efforts to globalize their game.
The Waiting Game Continues For The Red Sox And JD Martinez
The Boston Red Sox haven’t made any significant roster moves this offseason with Spring Training less than a month away. Sure, they’ve revamped their coaching staff and have a new manager, but as far as players go? No new names; essentially the same roster as 2017.
A good way to describe Boston’s offseason would be the sound of crickets chirping.
However, things could change at any moment for the Red Sox and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. He’s waited this long; he can wait a little longer. Everyone knows that there’s only one man Dombrowski’s after; and that is- of course- free agent slugger JD Martinez.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney this afternoon, the Red Sox have offered Martinez a deal “in the range” of five years at $100 million.
Source: Boston's offer to J.D. Martinez is in the range of five years, $100 million.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 17, 2018
At the start of the offseason, Martinez’s asking price was reportedly in the range of $200 million; Boston’s offer is half of that.
Boston needs a power bat in their lineup, and Martinez fills that void. The Red Sox finished fourth-to-last in the majors and last in the American League with 168 homers in 2017, a year that saw MLB set a new record with 6,105 dingers; it was also the first time since 1993 that the Red Sox finished last in the AL in homers. A total power outage!
Long story short, Dombrowski needs to acquire Martinez. Considering he’s yet to make a move to respond to the New York Yankees landing Giancarlo Stanton, the pressure is starting to build up for Dombrowski to show Martinez the money.
Martinez, 30, recently said he’s willing to wait until Spring Training to sign a deal with a new club.
The 6’3” Martinez bashed 45 homers in just 432 at-bats in 2017- one every less than 10 at-bats to go along with 104 RBIs. Not even a full season! His slash line was .303/.376/.690 split between the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks. Had Martinez finished with enough plate appearances to qualify, he all but certainly would’ve finished first in MLB in slugging percentage and OPS.
Those type of numbers in a contract year? Nothing but basic economics; that’s how you get PAID!
If Dombrowski doesn’t land Martinez- and assuming no blockbuster trade will be made before the season starts- it will be a wasted offseason for the Red Sox. They’ll have the same mediocre lineup which isn’t good enough to win in October. There will be no Stanton, no Carlos Santana, or no Eric Hosmer for that matter. Those three weren’t good enough for Dombrowski this offseason, and so Martinez is what’s left- not counting other current free agents like Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, and Todd Frazier- none of whom are on Dombrowski’s radar.
The time is now for Dombrowski to make a move. And by move, I mean sign Martinez. He’s in the prime of his career, made for Fenway Park, and made to give a lackluster Red Sox offense a spark that it so badly needs.
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