Boston Red Sox needing extra depth in the rotation added Doug Fister who did great in 2017 MLB debut against his former squad
The Red Sox were looking at potential quick fixes to their rotational depth issue. With Eduardo Rodriguez still out, the Sox looked to Doug Fister. Fister who has never been a huge strike out man ended his debut against his former squad with six innings allowing three runs on seven hits walking three and striking out six. The results could have been better had it not been for an overturned double play call in the 2nd inning.
After further review, the inning ending double play was overturned extending the inning. Two more batters reached base and after three runs had scored, Angels catcher Juan Graterol was caught in a run down ending the inning. Going back to the night before, this wasn’t a mistake by the umpires. Danny Espinosa wasn’t just “lucky,” on the play. Angels ended up scoring an additional run in the 9th inning.
With Fister doing well in his first start in Boston, it remains to be seen whether he’ll last in Boston past the return of E-Rod. If he pitches the way he did against the Angels, I think it’s going to be really difficult sending him packing. He already has a relationship with Dave Dombrowski and if he can put together a couple of decent performances, perhaps they can package Fister with another player to get another bat. Only time will tell.
The Sox pen allowed just the one run on three hits spreading three innings with one strike out. Craig Kimbrel uncharacteristically allowed the run in the 9th, his first run allowed since June 3rd. It was also the first time he’d allowed multiple batters to reach base. The Sox after losing two of three games against the Angels will look now to the Twins who are in 1st place in the American League Central.
Jose Berrios will take the hill tonight against Chris Sale in Boston. Sale will be seeking his 10th win on the season. The Red Sox will also look to get out of their rut as they’ve lost two in a row and six of their last 10 games. Luckily for the Sox, they’ve done well at home posting a 22 – 13 record.
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