Craig filled you in on what’s going on this afternoon. We still have plenty of baseball left in the evening.
Knuckleballer Steven Wright starts for the Red Sox against the Orioles’ Kevin Gausman in a 7:10 PM EDT game at Fenway Park tonight. Did you know that Wright is currently the American League leader, among qualified starters, in ERA at 2.09? Danny Salazar of the Indians is next at 2.19.
This is Wright’s first full season after being used as a spot starter/swingman over parts of the previous three seasons. The 31-year-old put up decent, but not awe-inspiring numbers in the minors which is why the Red Sox weren’t banking on him as a part of the future when they acquired him from the Indians at the trade deadline in 2012 in exchange for Lars Anderson. But he has seemed to figure things out this year, despite giving his own catchers fits — the Sox are by far the leaders in passed balls at 27.
Wright has allowed more than three runs only once in his 12 starts this season and he’s gone at least six innings in all but two starts. The Orioles will try to change that tonight.
The rest of Wednesday night’s action…
Toronto Blue Jays (Marco Estrada) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Jeremy Hellickson), 7:05 PM EDT
Cincinnati Reds (Anthony DeSclafani) @ Atlanta Braves (Bud Norris), 7:10 PM EDT
Pittsburgh Pirates (Jeff Locke) @ New York Mets (Noah Syndergaard), 7:10 PM EDT
Seattle Mariners (Nathan Karns) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Drew Smyly), 7:10 PM EDT
Houston Astros (Collin McHugh) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright), 7:15 PM EDT
Detroit Tigers (Mike Pelfrey) @ Chicago White Sox (Chris Sale), 8:10 PM EDT
Cleveland Indians (Corey Kluber) @ Kansas City Royals (Ian Kennedy), 8:15 PM EDT
Minnesota Twins (Tyler Duffey) @ Los Angeles Angels (Hector Santiago), 10:05 PM EDT
Texas Rangers (Derek Holland) @ Oakland Athletics (Sonny Gray), 10:05 PM EDT