Justin Masterson (1-0, 3.00 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (5-2) go up against Stephen Strasburg (0-1, 5.06 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (2-5) in the second of a three-game interleague series at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won the last game 9-4 and Boston leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 6:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 14 and will air on MASN and NESN.
In his most recent outing, Masterson pitched 6.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 6-2 victory over the Phillies. Xander Bogaerts (.433 ) continued his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs and one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Red Sox, Strasburg is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA, 13 strikeouts and two walks. Ryan Zimmerman (.154 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Boston is favored by a slight -110 margin in its matchup against Washington. Oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at seven runs. The Red Sox are 1-1 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +169. The Red Sox rank third in the majors in home runs with nine. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fifth in all of baseball with six steals. Transitioning to the pitching staff, an area where the Red Sox are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average 9.2 K's per game.
Against interleague opponents, they are 2-4 SU.
The only other game between the two teams went Boston's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS, O/U - Under
For the second time this season, the Red Sox registered at least two errors in a game.
When the Red Sox play into extra innings, they have a 1-0 record. The Nationals are 1-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Nationals managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Red Sox who are heading in with a 5-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
Neither the Red Sox (5-0) nor the Nationals (1-0) have lost a game when they outhit opponents.
Ranking 25th in runs, Washington has earned 17 this season. Boston ranks second with 43 runs.
Ranking first in walks, Boston has earned 38 this season. Washington ranks 14th with 18 walks.
The Red Sox are 3-1 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Nationals are 2-4 when they hit at least one homer.