LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (BOS, 3-7, 4.84 ERA) vs. RHP Jake Odorizzi (TB, 9-6, 3.73 ERA)
Tragic Death of Jose Fernandez
An early Sunday morning boat accident in Miami has claimed the lives of three people, including star Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez. Initial reports stated that the boat was found overturned on rocks.
At only 24 years old, Fernandez was an MLB All-Star and won the Rookie of the Year Award for the National League in 2011.
The Marlins cancelled their game today against the Braves.
Many Red Sox players have expressed their sadness and sympathy through Twitter, including David Ortiz. They Rays planned to honor Ortiz before today's game, but he asked them to cancel the ceremony out of respect for his friend.
E-Rod Contending for Postseason Spot
Eduardo Rodriguez continues his bid to be a playoff starter in the place where he pitched his worst game of the year. On June 24, the lefty gave up nine runs on 11 hits in 2.2 innings against the Rays.
Lately E-Rod has been solid, with a 3.21 ERA over his last 12 starts, including multiple no-hit bids within the past four weeks.
His opposition, Jake Odorizzi, is 1-1 with a 5.32 ERA in four outings against the Red Sox this year.
Rolling Toward the Playoffs
Boston has guaranteed a return to the postseason with their 10th straight win yesterday and a loss by Detroit.
The worst they can do is a Wild Card berth, but their sites are certainly set on the AL East crown with the magic number now at three.
The Red Sox also currently hold the second-best record in the AL by a half game over Cleveland, and trail Texas by one game for top honors.
Boston is playing its best baseball of the season, and has won 18 of the last 23 games. On the road, the team has been victorious in seven straight and 19 of the last 26 contests.
The Red Sox have also greatly improved in close games recently. On the current 10-game streak, nine of the wins have come by three or fewer runs, including three one-run margins.
Stat of the Day
MLB’s best records since July 3: 1. Red Sox (.640, 48-27) 2. Cubs (.635, 47-27) 3. Dodgers (.597, 43-29)— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) September 25, 2016
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