Colorado Rockies vs. Boston Red Sox Preview and Predictions 05-15-2019 in MLB
A two-game interleague series between the Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox features the four players with the most extra-base hits in the majors since 2015. Colorado's duo did its part in the series opener, negating a record-setting effort by Boston's pitching staff and putting the Rockies in position to complete a two-game sweep of the host Red Sox on Wednesday night.
Nolan Arenado, who has a majors-best 359 extra-base hits in the past four-plus seasons, and Charlie Blackmon -- tied for third with J.D. Martinez -- each swatted two-run homers as Colorado snapped Boston's five-game winning streak. Mark Reynolds' 11th-inning RBI single was the difference in the 5-4 victory for the Rockies, who prevailed despite tying a franchise mark by striking out a staggering 24 times. Rookie Michael Chavis, Martinez and Rafael Devers hit solo homers for the Red Sox, who were unable to protect a three-run lead and suffered only their third defeat in 14 games. Boston lost despite setting a major league record by registering 21 strikeouts in nine innings, including 17 from ace Chris Sale -- the most ever recorded by a pitcher in seven frames.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Colorado), NESN (Boston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies RH German Marquez (4-2, 3.43 ERA) vs. Red Sox LH Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2, 4.53)
Marquez tied a season high by giving up 10 hits but he managed to limit the damage to two runs while striking out seven over 5 2/3 innings in a victory over the San Diego Padres last time out. It marked only the third time in nine starts this season that the 24-year-old Venezuelan failed to pitch six innings, although he was tagged for nine runs and three homers over his previous two turns. Marquez is 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA and .125 batting average against in four starts away from Coors Field.
Rodriguez has shown steady improvement since he was rocked for 12 runs and 16 hits in losing his first two starts of the season and is coming off his best effort, tossing seven scoreless innings against Seattle on Friday to hike his record to 4-0 in his last six turns. It was the third time in four starts he allowed one run or less and marked the fourth time during his unbeaten streak that he worked six innings. Rodriguez is 3-0 in four home starts, holding opposing hitters to a .193 batting average.
1. Devers is 13-for-27 with two homers and eight RBIs during a six-game hitting streak.
2. Blackmon has four homers in the past three games and six blasts and 12 RBIs during an 11-game hitting streak.
3. Boston LHP David Price (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday before a decision is made on his next start.
News Breaking News
Boston Red Sox
- Elbowout for season | 10-day IL
Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation. He had a PRP injection in his left elbow and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
- WristQues Sun | 10-day IL
Price has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a triangular fibrocartilage complex cyst in his left wrist. It is unknown if he will be activated in time for Sunday's contest against the Padres.
- PersonalProb Sat | probable
Holt was away from the team due to a personal matter but he will rejoin the lineup for Saturday's clash versus the Orioles.
- BackOut indefinitely | 60-day IL
Pearce has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a lower-back strain. He has suffered a partially torn PCL in his rehabilitation and is in danger of missing the remainder of the season.
- Kneeout for season | 60-day IL
Pedroia has been shifted to the 60-day injured list while he recovers from a left knee joint preservation procedure. He is likely to miss the remainder of the season.
- ToeOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Wright is on the 10-day injured list due to a right big toe contusion. He also received a PRP injection in his right elbow and is in danger of missing the remainder of the season.
- RestQues Sat | questionable
DEvers is not expected to be in the starting lineup against the Blue Jays on Saturday as he is likely to be given a day of rest.
- RestQues Sat | questionable
Benintendi is likely absent from the starting lineup for Saturday's game versus the Blue Jays as he is expected to receive a day of rest.
- AnkleQues Tues | questionable
Wolters twisted his ankle in the previous game, and it is unknown if he will play against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
- HipOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Bettis has been designated for the 10-day injured list with a left hip impingement, and it is unclear when he will be able to return to the roster.
- Armout for season | 60-day IL
Oberg has been moved to the 60-day injured list after having a season-ending procedure to remove an axillary artery thrombosis in his right arm.
- RestQues Fri | questionable
Murphy is not expected to be in the starting lineup for Friday's contest against the Marlins as he is likely to receive a day of rest.
- AnkleProb Fri | probable
Gray missed his last outing due to left ankle soreness, but he is expected to take the mound against the Marlins on Friday.
- RestQues Wed | questionable
Murphy is likely to be held out of the starting lineup against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday as he is expected to be given a day of rest.
- RestQues Sun | questionable
Murphy is not expected to be in the lineup Sunday against the Padres as he likely will be given the day to rest.
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