Mookie Betts, Edwin Encarnacion carry teams with monster 3-HR games

04 May, 2018, 14:21 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Mike Moustakas is hitting.302 with eight homers and 19 RBIs in 28 games this season.	 Peter G. Aiken  Peter Aiken

Up Next: The 22-8 Red Sox fly to Arlington, Texas for the start of a four-game set against the Rangers on Thursday.

Statcast had J.D. Martinez's running grab in the second inning as his first ever five-star catch and at a 21-percent catch probability, per MLB.com's Ian Browne.

He crushed a 92.9 miles per hour four-seamer from Rangers starter Mike Minor into the left-center field bleachers. They've lost 0.9 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 9.1 units against the spread (ATS). That nearly forced the hand of manager Jeff Banister, who left Moore on the mound to eat up some innings even as the Rangers never mounted a serious threat to come back in the game. Bartolo Colon (1-0), the 44-year-old right-hander for Texas, goes for his 242nd career win. Christian Yelich went 2-for-5 with a solo homer for Milwaukee, which leads the NL Central by a half-game over St. Louis.

Boston will send left-hander David Price (2-3, 3.78 ERA) to the mound on Thursday to oppose Rangers left-hander Mike Minor (2-1, 4.33). Hector Velazquez, the reliever, immediately threw a wild pitch to allow a run before Mazara homered.

Minor has enjoyed extended rest prior to each of his past five starts, but on Thursday will be working on five days' rest for just the second time.

Adding JD Martinez certainly has helped as he has six homers so far this season, but Martinez is being outpaced on his own team this year. He is 4-5 with a 5.11 ERA in 14 career starts against Texas. Nola (4-1) walked one and struck out seven. The team's hit.257/.312/.524 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.

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Runs scored, home runs, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and on-base plus slugging percentage.

Gallo performed well against left-handed pitching at home in 2017, slashing.259/.429/.556 in 70 such plate appearances (his overall season line was.209/.332/.536). The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.69, along with a K-per-9 of 9.77.

Meanwhile, Price left allowing a season-high nine runs, including a season-high seven earned runs, on six hits and two walks. Betts leads the club with 11 homers.

Betts had tied Williams' mark just 15 days ago when he hit three homers against the Los Angeles Angels and now has 11 homers on the season.

Maintaining a slash line of.306/.412/.516 across 148 plate appearances, Betts enjoyed batting against left-handed pitching previous year (compared to his total season slash line of.264/.344/.459). The over has cashed in one of those games, compared to four that've gone under in such games. They have followed an other-worldly 17-2 start with a losing record (5-6) over the last 11 games.

The Red Sox have won three of their last four games SU.

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