(02/07/2018, 7:05pm EST)
Boston Red Sox @ Washington Nationals
The Boston Red Sox had back to back record-setting nights, but not in the best of ways and will have to find the one thing that is missing from their strong season – consistency.
The talk of the town was Boston, after clobbering the Yankees to an 11-0 with stellar performances from Stanton, Devers and Sales, and with a chance to hold up the Yankees again and clinch the series, Boston fumbled and did so terribly, the Yankees set records on their own, in an 11-1 demolition of the Red Sox on Sunday night.
The Red Sox (7-3) have had consistency issues all season long, an issue which may very well come back to haunt them, but facing the struggling Nationals (3-7) will be a good way to bounce back and try to reclaim top spot in the AL East from the Yankees.
However, for the Red Sox, there were definite positives from the Yankees series; the Stanton-Sales connection which is one that promises much more, and Rafael Devers, who could very well be another major factor in whatever ambitions the red Sox may have, but then David price will have to pitch better when his moments come. Against the Nationals, it’ll be an all Detroit/Cy Young Award winners’ affair when Rick Porchello (9-3, 3.60 ERA) will be the pitcher for Boston, against his former teammate, close buddy, and fellow Cy Young Award winner, Max Scherzer (10-4, 2.04 ERA)
The Nationals will be looking to build on what few positives they took from the loss against the Phillies. They lost to the Phillies by one run margins almost all series, but a look at their record (6-15 in the last 21), it’s hard to keep taking moral victories and be encouraged by their grit, they simply have to start winning. Hopefully, playing at home will do them some good, and their manager Davey Martinez believes their fortunes will change in due time, though we find it hard to believe it’ll be against a seething Red Sox team.