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Boston vs Chicago Game 2: Red Sox Send Buchholz, White Sox Send Danks

Tonight’s match-up fill feature Boston’s Clay Buchholz vs Chicago’s John Danks in game 2 of the Red Sox vs White Sox series.  Chicago took game 1 and Boston is looking to put a few wins together to get out of the bottom of the AL East standings.

Through 1 decision so far, here is how the pitchers compare.

Record: Danks (1-0), Buchholz (0-1)

ERA: Danks (4.15), Buchholz (6.97)

Strikeouts: Danks (10), Buchholz (9)

John Danks has the edge in all the major stats through n1 game each, however, if you look at their career match-ups, Buchholz has an advantage against Chicago and Danks has not fared so well against Boston.

 

Clay Buchholz career vs Chicago White Sox:

35.2 Innings

2-2 Record

4.29 ERA

24 Strikeouts

 

John Danks career vs Boston Red Sox:

52 Innings

3-6 Record

5.37 ERA

40 Strikeouts

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Red Sox Enjoy Above .500 Feeling

The Red Sox are 1.5 games behind the #1 spot, .5 games behind the Yankees for the 2nd spot, 1.0 game ahead of Toronto and 1.5 games above .500.  4 out of 5 teams in the AL East are above .500 (have a winning record).

The Red Sox have hit another hot streak.  Let’s see how long this one lasts.  They have a 6 game winning streak and they are 8-2 in their last 10 games.  That is better than any other team in the MLB in the past 10 games.  The Red Sox also have the longest current win streak (6 games) and the next closest team is St. Louis (4 games).

The Sox have a winning record at home (14 – 9) and a loosing record on the road (9-11) but that appears to be changing.  The Red Sox start a series with the Chicago Cubs now.  The Cubs haven’t played in Boston since the 1918 World Series…

American League East

Team W L PCT GB
Tampa Bay 25 19 .568
NY Yankees 23 19 .548 1.0
Boston 23 20 .535 1.5
Toronto 22 21 .512 2.5
Baltimore 19 23 .452 5.0