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Date and Time: May 25th, 2017 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Fenway Park
TV: FOX Sports (US Regional)
Boston Red Sox Team News
Left-hander Drew Pomeranz takes the pitch for the Red Sox in the third and final game of the series against the Rangers Thursday night. Pomeranz has thrown six innings twice in his eight starts so far in the season.
Texas Rangers Team News
After back-to-back losses, Rangers will send right-hander Nick Martinez to make the start against the Red Sox on Thursday. In his last outing, Martinez grabbed his first win of the season, giving up one unearned run over five innings in a 5-3 victory over the Tigers. He holds a record of 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA in three career starts against Boston.
BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox brass held a meeting Monday after the team returned from the West Coast, covering anything connected with a club still looking for some positive direction a quarter into the season.
They talked about things that have gone wrong, but as manager John Farrell said after the Tuesday night game, “Also to re-emphasize the things that are going well here and not just to pick out all that is wrong here. There are a number of things going right, and a number of those things were on display here tonight.”
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
1. Mike Napoli’s batting average below the Mendoza Line
Mike Napoli, who helped the Red Sox win the 2013 World Series, is producing extra-base power (10 homers, five doubles) and he has 23 RBIs.
But Napoli is batting just .188 with a .262 on-base percentage for the Rangers.
2. Chris Sale going for nine straight starts of 10 or more strikeouts
Chris Sale has struck out 10 or more batters in each of his past eight starts, tying his own record for the longest such streak in a single season. He also did it in 2015.
Pedro Martinez recorded 10 consecutive starts of 10 or more strikeouts at the end of 1999 and into 2000.
Sale will go for nine straight Wednesday.
Rangers hitters have had little success vs. him: Elvis Andrus 2-for-23; Robinson Chirinos 0-for-5; Shin-Soo Choo 1-for-19; Delino DeShields 2-for-3; Joey Gallo 0-for-6 (six strikeouts); Pete Kozma 1-for-3; Ryan Rua 0-for-3; Mike Napoli 3-for-18.
Choo has struck out 10 times against him. Napoli has a homer and triple vs. Sale.
3. Napoli’s stats resemble the Rangers’ team stats
Texas ranks seventh in the majors in homers (62) and 11th in runs (215). But the Rangers are 24th in batting average (.237) and 21st in on-base percentage (316).
Like Napoli, Joey Gallo is hitting for power with 13 homers, four doubles, one triple and 29 RBIs. But he’s batting just .184.
Rougned Odor has six homers, six doubles, one triple and 19 RBIs but he’s batting only .199.
4. Does Drew Pomeranz need to pitch well to remain in the starting rotation?
The Red Sox likely already would have demoted Pomeranz to the bullpen if they had more starting pitching depth. He has a 6.06 ERA and 1.78 WHIP in four starts this month.
He hasn’t made it beyond the fourth inning in any of his past three starts.
Despite the lack of starting depth, he does need to start pitching better or the Red Sox will find someone else.
5. Is John Farrell managing for his job?
FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal wrote about John Farrell’s job security Tuesday morning.
“I don’t know where this is going,” Rosenthal also said Sunday on MLB Network. “It’s an interesting question. If he was fired this week, would I be surprised? No. If he managed the rest of the season and they won the division, would I be surprised? Also no.”