After the Red Sox took down the Yankees in glorious fashion Tuesday night, the battle of the East continues as the Red Sox head to Tampa Bay to take on the AL East Champion Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa Bay, who led the East with an impressive 100-62 record, will host Boston on Thursday night at the Trop. The other ALDS game will be played at Minute Maid Park, with the Astros hosting the Chicago White Sox. It will make for a very interesting day for baseball. The National League Division Series begins on Friday, with the wild card winning Dodgers facing the Giants, and the Brewers facing the Braves.
Tuesday night was one for the ages, as the Red Sox took down the Yankees, 6-2 at an electric Fenway Park. Nathan Eovaldi and the Red Sox did not disappoint. Eovaldi went 5.1 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 run, and striking out 8. The Red Sox offense, thanks to Xander Bogaerts and Kyle Schwarber home runs, knocked out Gerrit Cole in the third inning. From there, it was smooth sailing for the Red Sox, as they attacked Yankees pitching. Former Yankee prospect, Garrett Whitlock locked down the win in the ninth to seal the deal.
The Battle of the East Starts at Tropicana Field
Thursday night’s matchup will be one that will define this best of three series. The Red Sox, coming off their epic win on Tuesday night, will have Eduardo Rodriguez starting game one. The AL East Champion Rays will have rookie Shane McClanahan going up against a red hot Red Sox offense. Both teams have faced each other a lot this past season, with the Rays edging out the Red Sox 11-8 in 2021. Boston, who finished with a 92-70 record, hopes to knock out the Rays in the ALDS. Tampa Bay on the other hand, is looking to advance and get back to the World Series after loosing last season against the Dodgers.
Eduardo Rodriguez will have the ball in game one vs the Rays. This season, he was 13-8 with a 4.74 ERA. In 32 games, 31 starts, he pitched in 157.2 innings with 185 strikeouts. Rodriguez is 0-0 with a 8.10 ERA in 8 postseason games. He’s pitched in 10 innings, with 11 strikeouts The rookie, Shane McClanahan will take the ball for the Rays. He was 10-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 25 games, all starts this year. In 123.1 innings, McClanahan had 141 strikeouts. Last postseason, he made his MLB Debut in Game 1 of the ALDS vs the Yankees. He’s 0-0 with a 8.31 ERA in 4 postseason games. In 4.1 innings, he has struck out 4 batters.
Around The Postseason
The Battle of the Lances begins Thursday afternoon as Houston hosts Chicago in the ALDS. Lance Lynn will have the ball for the White Sox. Houston appointed Lance McCullers Jr for the start. In 2021, Lynn went 11-6 with a 2.69 ERA in 28 starts. In 157 innings, he struck out 176 batters. McCullers Jr went 13-5 in 28 starts this season for Houston. He had a 3.16 ERA in162.1 innings, with 185 strikeouts.
The National League Division Series begins on Friday. The Milwaukee Brewers will be hosting the Atlanta Braves, while the San Francisco Giants will be hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers, who beat the St Louis Cardinals in a pitchers duel, won the Wild Card Game on Wednesday night in walk off fashion. With the score tied 1-1, Chris Taylor drove a 2-1 pitch to left field for a 2 run homerun to knock out the Cardinals.