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Red Sox and Cubs play the rubber game of their series tonight at Fenway

Red Sox and Cubs play the rubber game of their series tonight at Fenway

IMG_4588STEADY EDDIE: Since giving up 2 ER in the 1st inning on 4/13 vs. PIT, Eduardo Rodriguez has allowed 0 ER in his last 11.1 IP…He has surrendered only 2 hits to his last 45 batters faced (2-for-37, 8 BB, 16 SO); he has not allowed a hit to his last 40 right-handed batters faced (0-for-33, 7 BB, 14 SO).
>>> Rodriguez allowed only 1 hit in 6.0 IP on 4/23 at BAL, taking a no-hitter into the 5th inning…He has carried a no-hitter through 4.0 innings in 4 of his last 11 starts (also 8/16/16 at BAL, 9/4/16 at OAK, 9/20/16 at BAL).
>>> In 18 games (17 starts) since the 2016 All-Star break, Rodriguez has posted a 3.22 ERA and held opponents to a .203 AVG (95.0 IP, 70 H, 34 ER, 101 SO).

SUPPORTING CAST: Eduardo Rodriguez has received 5 or more runs of support in 11 of his 44 career starts; in those 11 games, he is 10-0 with a 1.57 ERA and a .176 opponent AVG (74.1 IP, 47 H, 13 ER, 17 BB, 62 SO).

ON THE OFFENSIVE: The Red Sox lead the AL and rank 2nd in the majors in AVG (.273)…BOS also ranks 3rd in the AL and 5th in the majors in OBP (.334)…Sox batters are averaging 5.8 PA/SO, the highest mark in MLB.

HAVE WE BENINTRODUCED?: Andrew Benintendi—who entered 2017 ranked No. 1 in Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list—has homered in each of his last 2 games…He began the season 4-for-23 (.174), but he is batting .381 (24-for-63) since 4/11…He is the only major leaguer with a 5-hit game in 2017 (5-for-5 on 4/23 at BAL).

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