The Boston Red Sox will be facing their most heated rival in London next week and it looks like Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez may get the call.
The Red Sox and Yankees will be battling it out across the pond in London next weekend in the first ever MLB games held in Europe. Going into the series it was thought that Alex Cora may work his lineup to have his aces ready to go for the latest chapter in the best rivalry in sports. Today though it was said by Cora that it will most likely be Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound.
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Going into the series I was expecting to see Chris Sale and David Price in an attempt from the Red Sox to stagger the Yankees with a one-two punch. But with the announcement that it will most likely be Porcello and E-Rod that changes things, and not necessarily in a bad way. Both had have had strong showings recently and have proven that even if they give up some offense they can settle down.
The more I thought about the move to not swap things around to position Sale and Price for the London Series I liked it. Boston has a pair of days off prior to the series which will be dedicated to travel and a single day off after before heading to Toronto. With the way this season has gone for both southpaws, I would much rather preserve their arms and keep them healthy for the final charge into the All-Star Game.
The Red Sox find themselves in a favorable situation currently as they’re 7-games back in the standings but have a six-game homestand against Toronto and the White Sox. This all happens as the Yankees have Houston in town. Unfortunately for Boston, New York also gets a crack at the Blue Jays before the London Series.
The top of the division is within striking distance and with a favorable schedule heading into the clash in London against the Yankees, there is a serious chance for Boston to make some headway. This will all depend on the arms of Porcello and Rodriguez.
In his last start “Ricky Raindrops” threw for a strong 7IP while only giving up 4-hits and striking out 8. E-Rod would see a similarly strong effort in his most recent start ending the night at 7IP/8H/9K. Rodriguez would give up four runs to the Minnesota offense but he showed a bend and not break mentality on the hill.
The season is far from over and with a pair of strong showings from both Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez, the standings could see a large shift. If the Red Sox can continue with the momentum that they have built over the last two weeks then they can go into that Yankees series and knock ’em out.