On Friday night the Boston Red Sox will play their final interleague series of the 2012 season against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway. The Red Sox have had a successful interleague schedule against the senior circuit posting a 9-6 record while outscoring their opponents 77-59.
Coming off their first ever sweep of the Miami Marlins (not simply because of the name change, it includes the Marlins when they were still Florida) the Red Sox find themselves a season best 3 games above .500.
It was Boston’s first home sweep (of at least 3 games) since July of 2011.
The recent run of strong play has seen the Red Sox climbing back into the playoff race sitting 5.5 back of the Yankees in the East and only 2 back of the Wildcard.
The Red Sox will turn to Jon Lester (4-4, 4.53 ERA) on Friday Night looking to extend their win streak to 6. Lester will be opposed by Jair Jurrjens (0-2, 9.37) fresh up from the Minors after a tough start to his season. Continue reading
The Red Sox pitching troubles have been well documented so far this season. But on Sunday night versus the Cubs they may have received a blessing in disguise. The original starter, Josh Beckett, had been placed on the DL. Someone needed to come out of the pen for a spot start. That someone ended up being Franklin Morales. Morales had a shaky first inning but after that pitched a pretty solid 5 innings. His final line looked like so,
5 IP 4 H 2 ER 9 K 0 BB 80 pitches, 65 strikes
A nice little outing. So much so the Red Sox have decided to give him another start on Saturday versus Atlanta.
It got me thinking, should the Red Sox keep Morales in the rotation, or should they send him back to the pen?
First let’s look at how Morales got to this point. Continue reading