UNDER THE SUN: The Red Sox rank 3rd in the majors with an average of 5.0 R/G in day games (126 R/25 G) compared to 3.6 R/G (172 R) in 48 contests at night, with 29 of the club’s 69 HR this season in the day (42%).
· Brock Holt is 13-for-28 (.464) in his 7 day games this month…Overall this year, he has hit at a .426 clip (29-for-68) in the daytime, 2nd best in MLB among those with at least 50 PA in the day (Miguel Cabrera, .430).
OPENING ACT: Today’s starter, Eduardo Rodriguez, is making his 6th career ML appearance, 2nd against Baltimore, his former organization…Rodriguez is the only pitcher in the live ball era (since 1920) to go 6.0+ IP with 5+ strikeouts and 1 ER or less in at least 4 of his first 5 ML outings.
BETTS IN THE AL: Mookie Betts, the reigning AL Player of the Week (his first such award), has hit safely in a career-high 11 straight games, batting .512 (22-for-43) with 5 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB, SB…It is the longest hit streak by a Red Sox since Brock Holt’s 12-gamer from 8/6/18/14.
· This span has increased his AVG from .234 to .278…Betts has the most AB this year (274) among major leaguers that do not have a GIDP, most by a Red Sox to begin a season since 1994 (Otis Nixon)