San Francisco (57-37) at Boston (52-39)
When: Wednesday, July 20th 2016
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Time: 7:10 ET | TV: ESPN
The San Francisco Giants will look for their first victory since the All-Star Break when they visit the Boston Red Sox to wrap up their two-game interleague series on Wednesday. The Giants have seen their lead in the National League West cut to 4.5 games over the Dodgers and will be going up against a former division foe in Drew Pomeranz, who is making his first start for Boston. The Red Sox are 3-1 since the Break and are within a half a game of Baltimore in the A.L. East standings. Boston took the series opener 4-0 on Tuesday and has watched its pitching staff surrender a total of eight runs in four games since the All-Star break. The Giants are struggling with losses in four straight games and have totaled three runs in the last two games. All-Star first baseman Brandon Belt is 0-for-16 with eight strikeouts in the last four contests. The Giants hope to get 2B Joe Panik (concussion) back soon as he began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday. Red Sox RHP Koji Uehara (strained pectoral) left Tuesday’s game and will be evaluated on Wednesday.
Pitchers: Giants – Matt Cain (1-5, 5.34 ERA) | Red Sox – Drew Pomeranz (8-7, 2.47)
Matt Cain has been out over a month with a hamstring injury he suffered on May 27th, but tried to make a comeback on June 13th and was pummeled for three runs on five hits and five walks in just 3.2 innings before heading back to the disabled list. Cain, who is facing Boston for the second time his career, was hit for nine runs on 10 hits over four innings in his last minor league rehab start on Friday.
Pomeranz made the National League All-Star team for San Diego before coming over to the Red Sox in a deal that sent away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza. Pomeranz dominated in his final three starts for the Padres before the break, allowing a total of one run and 10 hits in 21 innings. The former first-round draft pick tamed the Giants bats on May 23rd in San Francisco, scattering two hits over seven scoreless innings.
Pomeranz is a hot pitcher right now and should fit in nicely in Boston. Cain has had a terrible year and by the looks of his last rehab assignment, it looks like that won’t change soon. Boston will rip him tonight while Pomeranz keeps the Giants bats cold.
Pick: Red Sox -1.5 +100