2019-09-26 13:05:00 EDT
The Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers meet in the finale of their three game set in MLB action from Globe Life Park on Thursday.
The Boston Red Sox will look to complete the sweep after taking game two on Wednesday by a final score of 10-3. Christian Vazquez, Mitch Moreland and Chris Owings each had two RBIs with Vazquez and Moreland each homering with Moreland going 4 for 5 at the dish. Rafael Devers went 2 for 5 with a solo home run and a double, while Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez and Jackie Bradley Jr. each added an RBI to finish off Boston’s offense as a team in the win. Rick Porcello got the win to improve to 14-12 on the year after allowing three runs on six hits while striking out eight over six innings of work. Brian Johnson will start game three and is 1-3 with a 6.05 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. This will be Johnson’s first career start against Texas.
The Texas Rangers will look to salvage a win after dropping the first two games of the series. Rougned Odor had a double and two RBIs while Ronald Guzman had an RBI to round out Texas’ scoring as a team in the loss. Shin-Soo Choo and Danny Santana each had a double while Elvis Andrus, Nick Solak and Delino DeShields each had a base hit to finish off Texas’ offense as a team in the losing effort. Kolby Allard took the loss, falling to 4-2 on the year after allowing five runs on six hits over three innings of work. Mike Minor will start game three and is 13-10 with a 3.52 ERA and 191 strikeouts this season. In his career, Minor is 1-3 with a 3.44 ERA and 29 strikeouts against Boston.
Boston is 7-3 in their last 10 games against the AL West and 84-36 in their last 120 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 7-0-1 in their last 8 games overall. Texas is 1-8 in Minor’s last 9 home starts against a team with a winning record and 1-8 in their last 9 games overall while the over is 5-1 in Minor’s last 6 home starts. Boston is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings between these two teams and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in Texas.
It’s hard to say what we’re going to see between two teams with nothing but pride to play for here, and Boston’s easily been the better of the two sides in the first two games. Minor has been Texas’ best starter this season, but he’s allowed 13 runs in ten innings across his last two starts and has a higher ERA at home compared to his ERA on the road this season. Texas has also been scuffling in a big way down the stretch and just looks like a team ready for the season to be over while Boston is looking to take names after missing the playoffs. I’ll side with Boston for the sweep here