TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION WEDNESDAY,JUNE 9TH
#912 BOSTON with Eovaldi (-140) over Houston with Odorizzi at 7:10 PM EST
After getting thumped last night by the final of 7-1 that came compliments of the ‘Stros, expect a determined effort from the BoSox in this right back rematch. Houston enters this battle off a pair of big wins, and this will be a tremendous challenge for the visitors. Let’s take a look inside the numbers.
Veteran right-hander Nathan Eovaldi will grab the bump for the home team in this battle. In his last three starts against the Yankees, Marlins, and Phillies, No. 17 has been right on the money allowing only three earned runs and 17 hits in 16.2 innings of work. Eovaldi fanned 18 and walked only three batters on his way to a golden 3-0 mark with a fantastic 1.62 ERA. Under the lights, Nathan has been at his best too. With the lights on, Eovaldi has been touched for only five earned runs and 19 hits in 23.1 frames. That equates to a sizzling 3-0 mark with a sweet 1.93 ERA.
Righty Jake Odorizzi will counter for the ‘Stros. With only five performances in the books this season, No. 17 has been smashed for 13 earned runs and 17 hits in only 16.1 frames. Odorizzi has issued seven free passes and served up four dongs en route to an ugly 0-3 mark with a stiff 7.16 ERA. Fenway Park has given Jake fits too. In 10 career outings in Beantown, Odorizzi holds a nasty 1-4 tally with a woeful 6.24 ERA.
There are a few team trends that back this investment. Boston has won five straight against right-handed starters, six of its last seven in the second game of a series, and 53 of its last 77 when competing on Wednesday. On the other side of the field, Houston has fallen in four straight as a guest fighting a right-handed starter.
Currently in second place in the competitive AL East resting 1.5-games behind the Devil Rays, the Red Sox need this victory in order to keep pace in the division. Take Boston with Eovaldi. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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