In the second of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (57-77) and the Boston Red Sox (75-59) at O.C. Coliseum, Daniel Mengden (1-5, 5.73 ERA) and Rick Porcello (18-3, 3.26 ERA) get the ball. The Red Sox won the last game 16-2, and Boston leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 9:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 3 and will air on CSCA and NESN.
In his last start, Mengden pitched 4.2 innings, allowing four runs, striking out five and walking three in a 7-6 loss to the Rangers. Danny Valencia (.296, 57 Rs, 15 HRs, 45 RBIs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run. The Red Sox were victorious over the Rays 9-4 the last time Porcello pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing three runs and striking out seven. David Ortiz (.315, 65 Rs, 31 HRs, 105 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Red Sox, going 2 for 2 yesterday with one run and three RBIs.
In their last game, the Red Sox won by a margin of 14 runs. The Athletics are 0-4 in games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more. The Red Sox have a 6-1 record in blowouts.
Oakland has won 38% (20-32) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Boston has won 57% (36-27) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Red Sox are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Athletics have a record of 4-6 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 8-37. The Athletics have a 14-61 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 141 this season. Boston ranks in the top half at 11th with 171.
Ranking 28th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 339 this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 453.
When the Athletics hit at least one home run, they are 43-41. When the Red Sox hit at least one homer, they have a 62-40 record.