Monday, June 20, 2011

Padres @ Red Sox Preview

The Sox are rolling even though they are dealing with a rash of injuries. Although the Sox are playing one of the worst teams in the MLB I am extremely interesting in this game. For the first time Andrew Miller will be pitching for the Red Sox. There is a ton of hype for this kid going into tonight.

For those who don't know Miller was drafted in 2006, 6th overall by the Detroit Tigers, but had been a disappointment (1-5 with an 8.78 ERA in seven starts for Florida in 2010). The Sox brought him in this offseason and have played with his mechanics resulting in some impressive minor league stats (3-3 with a 2.47 ERA in 13 games for Triple-A Pawtucket). It is also being said that his fastball is topping out at 98 MPH. I am very interested to see what this kid can do, and if he is worth all the hype he has been getting around here.

On top of that I want to see Rizzo, who is one of the prospects the Sox traded for Gonzalez. He had been crushing the ball in the minors, but is only batting .148 since getting called up (10 games).

Wade LeBlanc is starting for the Padres. He is 0-2 with a 4.26 ERA, and is 1-3 with a 7.46 ERA in six interleague starts in his career. With the way the Sox are swinging the bat, that could be rough.

Red Sox win 9-3
Player of the Game: Gonzalez
Game starts at 7:10pm

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