In a game that could be a shootout, Jon Gray (1-2, 6.75 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (21-24) are in Boston to take on Clay Buchholz (2-4, 5.92 ERA) and the Red Sox (29-17). This is the last of a three-game series at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won the last game 10-3, and Boston leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 26 and can be seen on NESN and RTRM.
Buchholz pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking four in a 4-2 defeat to the Indians. Jackie Bradley Jr. (.350, 25 Rs, 8 HRs, 34 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. Gray went 3.1 innings, surrendering nine runs, striking out three and walking three in a 13-7 defeat to the Cardinals in his most recent start. Nolan Arenado (.291, 33 Rs, 14 HRs, 34 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
The odds for Boston and Colorado are Red Sox -170, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.5.
The Red Sox have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
When leading after seven innings, Boston is 16-5, while Colorado is 8-13.
The Rockies 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 17-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 1-11. The Rockies have a 4-16 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top half of the league based on total home runs this season, Boston ranks 11th with 54 homers and Colorado is 14th with 50.
Boston ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 10.61 per game this season. Colorado ranks in the top five with 9.38.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Boston has an OPS of .853 this season. Colorado ranks seventh with an OPS of .768.
The Rockies are 9-17 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Red Sox are 18-13 when they allow at least one homer.