Over the past 19 days, the Boston Red Sox have played ten games (three exhibition) in three different countries, against four different teams. They have already played three “opening days”, traveled 16,000 miles, and still have still yet to take the field for the home opener in Boston.
After a day off, the Sox will play the Fenway opener against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. The Tigers made some impressive offeason moves this year, but have started out 0-5. The Sox have also had a rough time recently, suffering a sweep by the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-0 2.31) vs Kenny Rogers (0-1 3.00)
Daisuke looked shaky at the beginning of his start in Japan, but has been solid since then. In his 11.2 innings so far he’s posted an ERA of 2.31, a WHIP of .77, and notched 15 strikeouts. Rogers had a great first start, but was stuck with a hard-luck loss by a lack of run support.
Both teams had a tough time with their previous series. The anemic Tigers offense batted .208 with 22 strikeouts in their previous series against the Royals. Sox pitchers have been having issues with home runs; three consecutive games in a row were blown open in the course of one inning.
With Matsuzaka on the mound, the Sox look ready to bounce back in front of the Fenway Park faithful.