Preview Red Sox vs Cincinnati Reds Sep 22nd 2017
In this interleague match up, the American League East leading Red Sox take on the last place team in the National League Central, Cincinnati Reds.
The Red Sox hold an advantage on the mound, while the Reds have a powerful offensive attack compared to the Red Sox more balanced offense.
These three series of games get going on the 22nd September @ Reds.
- On Friday, Rick Porcello goes for the Red Sox versus Sal Romano for the Reds. Porecello, last year’s Cy Young Award winner, has struggled this season to a 10-17 record with a 4.46 ERA. He’s allowed 225 hits and a whopping 35 home runs. Romano has pitched well lately, winning three of his last four decisions. Overall, he is 5-6 with a 4.07 ERA.
- Saturday’s game features Eduardo Rodriguez for the Red Sox versus Robert Stephenson for the Reds. Rodriguez is 5-6 with a 4.15 and has struck out 142 in 128 innings. Stephenson is 5-5 with a 5.01 ERA but has won five of his last six decisions.
- In the series finale, Doug Fister takes the ball for the Red Sox versus Jackson Stephens for the Reds. Fister is 5-8 with a relatively high 4.88 ERA, but has kept the ball in the park, allowing only 8 home runs in 77 2/3 innings. Stephens has only pitched 15 innings and is 2-0 with a 4.86 ERA.
At the plate, the Reds are led by perennial all-pro Joey Votto, who is batting .317 with 35 home runs and 96 RBI. Adam Duvall provides a solid combo with Votto, hitting 31 home runs and knocking in 97. Scott Schebler, Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett have added to the mix, combining for 79 home runs.
For the Red Sox, Mookie Betts has been the most complete offensive player, with 22 home runs, 94 RBI and 24 stolen bases. Hanley Ramirez is batting only .238, but has contributed 22 home runs. Andrew Benintendi is also one to watch, having hit 19 home runs and stolen 19 bases.
Cut to the Chase Prediction
The Red Sox clearly have the better team but must keep the power of the Reds under control. Expect the Red Sox to take two of three in this series possibly all three if things go their way a little above average.
NB that the statistics are for games through Tuesday, September 19.