Over his career, Tampa Bay Rays ace Chris Archer hasn’t been effective against the Boston Red Sox. Through 14 starts, Archer carries a 1-9 record and a 5.82 ERA against Boston. No team has hit Archer harder.
A full slate of games tonight, as it’s Tuesday and that’s what happens on Tuesday. The biggest one is out in Los Angeles where Madison Bumgarner and the Giants start a big series against the Dodgers. San Francisco is game back in the standings but they have their ace going for them, which is nice. He can hit a little bit too. The Mets are running Jonathon Niese out against the Cardinals, which is interesting given that they had a day off yesterday and could’ve skipped Niese, but hey, they ain’t my team. Prospect Jake Thompson of the Phillies, making his fourth career start, goes against the relatively grizzled veteran Carlos Rodon, who is making his 44th. Rodon is just over a year older than
The Dodgers have been without Clayton Kershaw since late June but somehow managed to make up a ton of ground in the NL West and enter play tonight with a one-game lead over the Giants. OK, the “somehow” has a lot to do with the Giants sucking eggs since the break, but the standings are the standings. The key part here is that (a) even if they’ve done OK without him, having Clayton Kershaw back at some point would be really nice for the Dodgers; and (b) the Giants may, at any time, cease sucking eggs. As such, this is a good news for L.A.: Kershaw said that when he is cleared to pitch in games — and that has yet to happen — that he’ll expect a rehab start.