In the first of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (4-2) and the Washington Nationals (4-2) at Fenway Park, Rick Porcello (0-1, 4.50 ERA) and Jordan Zimmermann (1-0, 1.50 ERA) take the mound. The game gets underway at 3:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 13 and will air on MASN and NESN.
In his last start, Porcello pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out four and walking two in a 4-2 loss to the Phillies. Xander Bogaerts (.407 ) continued his strong start to the season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two RBIs. In his career against the Red Sox, Zimmermann is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 13 strikeouts. Bryce Harper (.261 ) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Boston, a -118 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Washington. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Red Sox have a 1-1 record and overall money line at +269. The Red Sox typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an AL-high 6.0 walks per game. Boston's pitching staff can be considered one of the best in the NL. The Red Sox have a team ERA of 2.33, one of the lowest in their league. The Red Sox don't give up many hits to opposing batters, ranking fifth in the AL with only 6.6 hits allowed per game. The have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, averaging 10.0 strikeouts per game.
Against teams in the American League, they are 2-4 SU.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS, O/U - Under
In their last game, the Nationals won by a margin of one run. The Red Sox are 1-0 in one-run games. The Nationals have a 2-1 record in close games.
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 four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Red Sox who are heading in with a 4-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
Neither the Red Sox (4-0) nor the Nationals (1-0) have lost a game when they outhit opponents.
Ranking 29th, Washington sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 13 this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 34.
Ranking first in walks, Boston has earned 33 this season. Washington ranks 20th with 16 walks.
When the Red Sox hit at least one home run, they are 2-1. When the Nationals hit at least one homer, they have a 2-3 record.