The night off seemed to help Hanley who parked his fifth home run of the season on Thursday night. Ramirez had the night off Wednesday due to flu-like symptoms. The young starter gave up two home runs on the night and one of them was to Hanley in the third. Ramirez has homered in back to back games and hit safely in nine straight games. The batting line is .286/.319/.438 with 17 RBI, 15 runs scored and three stolen bases. The Red Sox travel to the Bronx to start a weekend series with the Yankees. Ramirez is 0-for-6 with three strikeouts lifetime against Michael Pineda, who takes the hill on Friday.
Pedroia got things started quickly on Thursday night with a solo home run in the first inning off of starter Erik Johnson. He followed that up with singles in the second and fourth innings to help the Red Sox to a 7-3 victory over the White Sox. Pedroia has had a nice comeback season with a slash line of .322/.364/.496 with five homers, 15 RBI, and 21 runs scored. The Red Sox travel to the Bronx to start a weekend series with the Yankees. Pedroia is 3-for-13 in his career against Michael Pineda, who takes the hill on Friday.
Well, that was quick! Johnson was with the White Sox for less than 12 hours before getting sent back down to Triple-A. The 26-year-old did not look great on Thursday night allowing four earned runs over just five innings of work. We should see him again at some point this season but he should be off all fantasy radars.
Control continues to be the problem for Henry Owens issuing another six free passes on Thursday night. He has now given up 13 walks in just 12 1/3 innings of work. He did allow only two hits but one was a solo home run to Avisail Garcia. Owens’ ERA stands at a robust 5.11 and his WHIP has ballooned to 2.11 through three starts. We are slated to see Owens on Tuesday against the Athletics but there is a slim chance that Eduardo Rodriguez could be ready in time. The Red Sox would love to send Owens back down to the minors as soon as possible.
This was Smith’s third multi-hit game in the past five which has pushed his average up to .284 with a .873 OPS in 26 games. Seth helped out the cause in the seventh inning when he smashed a two run single to give Seattle the lead at the time. Doug Fister will pitch for the Astros on Friday night and Smith is hitless in three at-bats against the tall right hander.
Cano knocked in four more runs on Thursday night to boost his league leading RBI total to 30 on the season. The six-time All Star is batting just below his career average at .287/.344/.574 with nine home runs and 17 runs scored. Doug Fister takes the mound on Friday night against the Mariners. Cano owns a .222 average against Fister in nine career at-bats.
It can’t be real what Jose Altuve is doing right now. Altuve has nine home runs in 110 at-bats this season while he finished 2015 with 15 homers in 638 at-bats. He currently has six more extra-base hits (22) than he does strike outs (16). He basically provided all of the offense for the Astros on Thursday night. Things only get better for Altuve on Friday when he faces the Mariners’ Taijuan Walker. Altuve has a career average of .319 against Walker in 19 career at-bats with a home run and three RBI.
The Mariners have to be thrilled with what they’ve gotten from Steve Cishek who they signed in December of 2015 for bullpen depth. He has been nearly perfect this season notching his ninth save of the season. He lowered his ERA to 0.64 and maintained his strike out per inning average. The Mariners continue their series with the Astros on Friday when Taiquan Walker faces Doug Fister.
Devenski had his major league debut on Saturday, April 30th against the Athletics and picked up the loss after giving up just two runs over five innings. In his encore performance, he pitched even better allowing just one run over six innings in Houston. He should be proud of this outing putting his ERA at 1.46 through his first two starts. The Astros continue their home stand as the Indians come to town next week, we could see him again in that series.
In his follow up performance from his completely game shutout against the Royals, Miley looked solid in a no decision. The evening did not start great as he gave up a lead-off home run to Jose Altuve but settled down until the six inning when he allowed an RBI single to Evan Gattis. This performance put his ERA at 4.74 on the season as he’ll pitch next week at home against the Tampa Bay Rays.