Opening night for the Red Sox was anything but a close game for the Red Sox as they ripped the cover off the ball while having excellent pitching against the Orioles, to lead to a 13-2 win.
However, the past three nights have not been ideal, as the Red Sox have given up 7 runs each game, and have only scored 10 runs in total over the past three nights, which means 21 runs to just the Red Sox' 10 runs scored. Last night the Red Sox gave up only long balls, as Pete Alonso, Dominic Smith and Michael Conforto were the ones to hit them. Pitching has not been great, but at the same time the offense is not doing too well either. Benintendi just got his first hit of the year last night, which was a bunt single that should've been called an error. Devers is struggling as well on both sides, with three errors in the four games so far as well as a .118 BA and no home runs or RBI's in 18 plate appearances. Meanwhile, you have Jackie Bradley Jr. who is absolutely raking right now, along with Pillar and Verdugo playing very solid right now. With Benintendi struggling right now, Roenicke shouldn't be waiting for Benny to get going in a 60 game season. He should be playing who is playing best, because their is not enough time to wait for him to get going.
Tonight it will be Matt Hall making his first start for the 1-3 Red Sox, against the 2-2 Mets' lefty David Peterson. If the Red Sox were to lose tonight it would be four straight losses going into New York tomorrow. For the Red Sox to win tonight, the Red Sox need to be in the game early, not be climbing back early. If they choose Hall to be more of an opener like Osich was more of last night, then if they can get three innings out of him with only allowing one run or less, that's what they need. If he will be more of a starter then if they can get six innings allowing three to four runs that also sets them up good. As long as the offense can produce what the offense is capable of producing and the pitching allows anywhere from three to six runs, they should be in good shape.
Now will Hall be able to give the Red Sox a good start? That may not happen. In his career in the majors over the span of 2018 and 2019 with the Tigers, he has been in 21 games, 31.1 innings, and in that time he has gone 0-1 with a career 9.48 ERA. 2019 in AAA wasn't so good either, as in 25 games, 13 of which were starts, he went 5-4 with a 5.30 ERA. Hall will be making his first career start in the majors, as well as his first career appearance with the Red Sox.
For the lefty, Peterson, who will be making his major league debut as the starter for the Mets was a first round pick for them in 2017. Last year, he was in AA the whole year as he went 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 24 games (all starts) and 116.o innings.
With two inexperienced pitchers, this probably will be anything but a pitchers duel. Expect this one to be high scoring out of the gates.