Edwin Jackson (3-5, 6.26 ERA) and Drew Pomeranz (10-10, 3.00 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the San Diego Padres (56-80) and the Boston Red Sox (76-60) at Petco Park. Action begins at 4:40 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 5 and can be seen on NESN and FSSD.
Jackson pitched 2.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs and walking three in a 7-3 defeat to the Braves. Yangervis Solarte (.279, 49 Rs, 15 HRs, 58 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 3 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. Pomeranz went 6.2 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 4-3 defeat to the Rays in his last outing. Mookie Betts (.318, 103 Rs, 30 HRs, 100 RBIs, 21 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
In their last game, the Red Sox lost by a margin of one run. The Padres are 15-26 in one-run games. The Red Sox have a 16-18 record in close games.
San Diego has won 42% (23-32) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Boston has won 58% (37-27) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Red Sox didn't score any runs in their last game. The Padres have an 8-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Red Sox are 66-17. The Padres have a 40-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Boston has earned 749 this season. San Diego ranks 20th with 580 runs.
Boston tops the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .821 this season. San Diego ranks near the bottom at 27th with an OPS of .695.
When the Red Sox allow at least one home run, they are 44-48. When the Padres allow one or more homers, they have a 28-57 record.