Sometimes you can just look at a baseball game and know that it's not an even matchup between starting pitchers on paper. So it is when Chris Sale pitches for the Red Sox and Alec Asher pitches for the Orioles.
Sale, who the Sox gave up one the best prospects in baseball to acquire, is pitching like he's going to give the Red Sox another season with a Cy Young winner on the team. No slight meant to Asher, but he's not that. Maybe he can have a good night against what has, up to this point, been an erratic and occasionally quiet Boston lineup.
The Orioles are without Welington Castillo again today due to neck spasms. If Caleb Joseph could stretch out to a third consecutive game with an RBI after so long a drought, that would be something. Even better if the rest of the lineup could manage to do well against Sale, somehow, especially if Adam Jones hit three home runs tonight and tomorrow night and Thursday night too.
Not to be lost with everything else that's going on is the possibility that the Red Sox will feel they need to "get even" for Mookie Betts being hit by a pitch by Dylan Bundy last night. That could show up any time over the next three games, depending on how the scoreboard looks. The drama potential in Boston is always high.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||BOSTON RED SOX|
|Joey Rickard - RF||Xander Bogaerts - SS|
|Adam Jones - CF||Andrew Benintendi - LF|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Mookie Betts - RF|
|Mark Trumbo - DH||Hanley Ramirez - DH|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Mitch Moreland - 1B|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Dustin Pedroia - 2B|
|Trey Mancini - LF||Jackie Bradley - CF|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Sandy Leon - C|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Marco Hernandez - 3B|
|Alec Asher - RHP||Chris Sale - LHP|