Braves ace Mike Foltynewicz has officially been ruled out for Opening Day due to elbow soreness.
Or, more specifically, due to the delay in his spring training ramp-up schedule due to elbow soreness. There’s no suggestion right now that he is seriously injured, but he’s been sidelined for a couple of weeks and has just begun to play catch. Work from a mound vs. live hitters is currently unscheduled.
Still, it was expected that Foltynewicz was going to be the Braves’ Opening Day starter this year thanks to his fantastic 2018 season in which he posted a 2.85 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 202/68 in 183 innings across 31 starts. Taking his place in the opener against Philly will likely be either Julio Teheran or Sean Newcomb.
The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.
Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.
The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.
At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.