Red Sox-Phillies Game Thread 5/18/12
Inter-league play is back, rejoice, rejoice. It’s a battle of Eastern division cellar-dwellers as the 18-20 glass cannon Red Sox have arrived in Philadelphia for a three-game set. The Phillies are on a roll, having won their last five games, surpassing the .500 mark for the first time since Opening Day. The Red Sox had a five-game winning streak recently come to an end, but they’ve won six of seven after losing eight of nine.
Calling the Red Sox a “glass cannon” refers to their wholly offensive approach — they rank second in the American League, averaging 5.4 runs per game, and they also rank second-last with 5.1 runs allowed per game. As a result, they play a lot of high-scoring games, which couldn’t be any more the opposite for the Phillies. Although the offense has come alive recently, they have scored three or fewer runs in 18 of 39 games. Tonight’s pitching match-up epitomizes the two teams completely: reliever-turned-starter Daniel Bard (4.91 xFIP) opposes Cy Young candidate Cole Hamels (2.89).
- Mike Aviles, SS (.320 wOBA)
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B (.377)
- Adrian Gonzalez, 1B (.331)
- Cody Ross, RF (.355)
- Will Middlebrooks, 3B (.370)
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (.350)
- Daniel Nava, LF (.556)
- Marlon Byrd, CF (.263)
- Daniel Bard, P