The Boston Red Sox finally get to play a home game today when they host the Washington Nationals in Major League Baseball action. The game is scheduled for a 3:05 p.m. Currently the betting odds for the game have the Red Sox listed as a small favorite to pick up the win over the visiting Nats.
Boston did pretty well for itself last week, winning four of their six games to open the season. One thing that can’t be fun for them, at least today, is having to play last night on Sunday Night Baseball and then turn around to play this game in the afternoon. While the trip from New York to Boston isn’t all that bad, the turnaround does seem quick.
Washington, meanwhile, has been one of the bigger disappoints in the league in the early going, as it has dropped four of its first six games. The Nats, though, avoided a three-game sweep in Philadelphia on Sunday, as Yunel Escobar and Clint Robinson each scored during the 10th inning to lift Washington to a 4-3 win.
Washington is giving the ball to Jordan Zimmerman. He picked up a victory in his first start of the season over the New York Mets last week, tossing six innings and allowing just a single earned run on five hits. He will need to pitch well today to help get the Nationals out of their early-season problems.
The Nats won just twice last week, but they do get Jayson Werth back from injury. He should help a lineup that only scored 13 runs in six games, but it’ll be tough to beat Boston inside Fenway Park in their home opener.
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Things to know about this game
- Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez has been a nemesis for the Nationals since he entered the league in 2006 with the Marlins. He has hit .336 with 30 home runs and 86 RBIs in 121 games against Washington.
- Boston third baseman Pablo Sandoval is another player who has given the Nats problems over the years, hitting .330 with three home runs and 20 RBIs.
- Jayson Werth (offseason shoulder surgery) is expected to come off the disabled list and start in left field for the Nationals on Monday. He most likely will hit second in the lineup. Werth brings a high on-base percentage and is not afraid to steal a base.
- Monday’s pregame ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET.