In the last of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (1-1) and the Boston Red Sox (1-1) at Citizens Bank Park, David Buchanan (6-8, 3.75 ERA) and Justin Masterson (7-9, 5.88 ERA) take the mound. The Phillies won the last game 4-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 9 and will air on NESN and TCN-PHI.
Buchanan gets the start after pitching 117.2 innings last season, finishing 6-8 with a 3.75 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 71 strikeouts. Jeff Francoeur (.400 ) kept up his strong start yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. In his career against the Phillies, Masterson is 1-1 with a 5.56 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, and nine strikeouts.
Philadelphia, a +135 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Boston. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at eight runs.
The Red Sox rank second in the AL in scoring, averaging 8.0 runs per game. The Red Sox average 7.0 walks per game, making them the most disciplined team in the AL. The Red Sox are a problem for opposing batters, sporting an AL-low 0.00 ERA this season. They also allow just 3.0 hits per game, good for tops in the AL.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS, O/U - Over
Philadelphia recorded at least two errors for the first time this season.
The Phillies managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Red Sox who are coming in with a 1-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
The Phillies and the Red Sox are both 0-1 when they are outhit.
Boston tops the league in home runs with five this season. Philadelphia ranks in the top half at 14th with one.
Ranking 14th, Philadelphia is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 3.00 per game. Boston ranks in the top five at third with 9.00.
Ranking 24th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.404). Boston ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .718.
The Red Sox are 0-1 when they allow at least one home run. Philadelphia has the same record when allowing one or more homers.