Boston Red Sox (74-59) @
Oakland Athletics (57-76) 10:05 EST
David Price (13-8, 3.97 ERA) @ Andrew Triggs (1-1, 4.39 ERA)
Yoan Moncada has arrived
As September arrives, so does an expanded roster for the last month of the season. This involves an influx of new talent added to any and all Major League clubs. Yoan Moncada is one of those names now with the big club. The switch hitting Cuban has shined in both minor league stops this year, amassing 15 home runs in 106 games between High-A Greenville and Double-A Portland. In Portland, Moncada has hit for a .277 average.
Moncada was expected to join the club later this week, when the minor league season ended, but his call-up through the first round of big club additions was a bit of a surprise.
Moncada will start this night on the bench, but could see some pinch-hit action. Going forward, as long as Moncada isn’t hurting the team, he should see decent time in the starting lineup.
The MVP of the MLB Futures Game is heralded as a great power hitter with exceptional speed. Red Sox fans hope Moncado will flourish as the real deal.
Joe Kelly and more have also been added
In addition to Moncada, Joe Kelly, Deven Marrero, and Robby Scott have been called up.
Since being sent down to Pawtucket, Kelly owns just a 0.82 ERA in nine relief appearances. He’s struck out 16 batters in 11 innings pitched during this stint. He’s looked good and hopefully will help out the struggling Red Sox bullpen.
Marrero is another guy who can fill in at the infield positions. He may not be used as much, as the Sox may want to give Moncada some playing time. However, Marrero is very versatile, and could even play some shortstop, aside from just second and third base.
Scott is a bit of an unknown for most Sox fans, but he’s a lefty bullpen guy who could log some innings. In 78 innings in Pawtucket this year, Scott owns a 2.54 ERA. He’s a career minor leaguer, so I don’t expect him being thrown into a high pressure situation right away.
Another move was activating Ryan Hanigan from the disabled list. This move was expected, as Hanigan had no roster spot once the Red Sox acquired Bryan Holiday. Now that Hanigan is up, it will add much needed catching depth to help out Sandy Leon.
The Pitching Matchup
David Price comes into this game with an ERA under 4.00, for the first time since his first start of the season. Price is coming off four straight wins, owning a 1.93 ERA in that span. He also hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in his past five starts. Everything is trending upwards for Price, and it’s just what the Sox need during their September playoff push.
This Oakland offense isn’t very potent, but they do have some lefty mashers sprinkled throughout the lineup. Price should turn in a good game, but his 1.10 HR/9 to righties is a little alarming here.
On the other side, Andrew Triggs is coming off two back-to-back quality starts for the A’s. He owns a 2.92 ERA while allowing just one home run at home this year. The majority of the Red Sox’ big bats are righties, and Triggs has been able to keep righties in check for a .241 batting average against this year. The bottom of the order, which is basically all lefties, might be able to do some damage against Triggs, considering he’s allowing a batting average to lefties over 20 points higher than that to righties.
1-Dustin Pedroia-R 2B
2-Xander Bogaerts-R SS
3-David Ortiz-L DH
4-Mookie Betts-R RF
5-Hanley Ramirez-R 1B
6-Travis Shaw-L 3B
7-Brock Holt-L LF
8-Sandy Leon-S C
9-Jackie Bradley-L CF
1-Marcus Semien-R SS
2-Jake Smolinski-R CF
3-Danny Valencia-R 1B
4-Khris Davis-R LF
5-Billy Butler-R DH
6-Stephen Vogt-L C
7-Ryon Healy-R 3B
8-Brett Eibner-R RF
9-Chad Pinder-R 2B
It’s a very typical lineup tonight for the Red Sox. With the day off yesterday, everyone is rested and ready to roll.
Price will have to face eight of nine lefties in this A’s lineup tonight. The real threats are definitely the top four hitters. All of them hit lefties well, regardless of the park factor. The bottom of the order is very weak, as Eibner and Pinder are not good hitters at all.
With the way the standings is so bunched together in the American League East, this is a huge west coast trip for the Sox.
Red Sox Links:
Koji Uehara may return on Monday (Providence Journal)
Papelbon does not sign with a team before deadline (WEEI)