After a successful road trip, the Red Sox begin the final month against the Twins at Fenway. While most of the league had games on Monday, the Red Sox had the day off, and with that, started their September call ups. With the rosters expanding to 40 players, many regulars will get some much needed rest. This will also allow younger players to get playing time, and to show the team and fans what they have to offer.
Tuesday night begins the three game set against the first place Minnesota Twins. Right now, they are 85-52 in the American League Central. Behind them, is the Cleveland Indians, who are 6 games back. After the Twins come to Boston, the New York Yankees come to town for a weekend series. Both series are crucial for the Red Sox as they look to try and get a wild card spot.
The Twins Come To Fenway
Game one against the first place Twins will have Rick Porcello up against Randy Dobnak. Porcello last pitched against the Twins on June 17th. He got the win in the game, going 7 innings allowing 4 hits and striking out 8 batters. Dobnak is making his 4th Major League start, as he made his debut back on August 9th. This will be his first MLB start. Last time he pitched was against the Detroit Tigers, where he pitched one inning allowing 2 hits and striking out 3 batters.
Eduardo Rodriguez will have the ball for Boston in game two against Jose Berrios. Like Porcello, Rodriguez also faced Minnesota in June. He pitched on June 19th, and earned the win in the game. Rodriguez went 7 innings allowing 4 runs off of 8 hits while striking out 9 batters. Berrios pitched against Boston on June 17th, and despite going 8 innings, he got the loss in the game. He went 8 innings, allowing 5 hits and one earned run.
The final game at Fenway will feature Nathan Eovaldi and Martin Perez. Eovaldi will be making his 4th start since coming off of the injured list. The last time he pitched was on August 30th against the Angels, where he went 4 innings, allowing one run off of 3 hits. Last time Perez pitched for the Twins was on August 31st against Detroit. He went 2.2 innings, allowing 7 earned runs off of 9 hits.
Can The September Call Ups Help Boston?
Prior to the game on September 1st, the Red Sox called up some key players that they hope can help them in the final month of the season. Ryan Weber, Jhoulys Chacin, Travis Lakins and Hector Velazquez got the call from Pawtucket to help in the bullpen. Catcher Juan Centeno, and outfielder Gorkys Hernandez were also called up from the minors.
With the minor league season over, the roster will be expanding even more. The Pawtucket Red Sox won their final game thanks to a walk off two run home run in the 10th inning from Cole Sturgeon. That home run was his 3rd of the game. The Portland Sea Dogs lost their final game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 8-7.
The Salem Red Sox won their last game against the Carolina Mud Hens. Now, the Salem Sox will be facing the Wilmington Blue Rocks in the Mills Cup Semi Finals starting on Wednesday. The Lowell Spinners are also in the postseason as well. Their last regular season game was a 4-2 win against the Connecticut Tigers. Lastly, the Greenville Drive finished their season with a loss on Sunday, and a cancelled game on Monday due to rain.
How Will Boston Do In The Final Month of the Season?
With the final month of the season starting with a 4-3 win in Anaheim, the Red Sox are looking to continue their win streak tonight. However, the Twins and Yankees are heating up, and are looking to dominate the rest of the season so they can get home field advantage in the postseason. The Red Sox are looking to play spoilers to these two teams before heading to Toronto and Philadelphia next week.