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This was a pivotal series for the Boston Red Sox. Coming into their three-game series with the New York Yankees this week, the Sox were 31-25 and just two games back of the Bronx Bombers in the American League East standings.
Musgrove will be activated Monday to start that night against the Rangers, the team said, but it remains unclear who will step into McCullers’ rotation spot Tuesday. The Astros are running out of options, with Mike Fiers the last man standing from the opening day rotation.
Not that anyone can just be penciled in to replace the likes of Keuchel and McCullers, as the Astros have seen. Houston enters Monday’s game having lost four of its last six on the heels of an 11-game winning streak. Its pitchers surrendered 37 runs across those four losses, culminating in a 12-6 beatdown of starter David Paulino and several relievers by the Angels on Sunday.
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McCullers has a 2.58 ERA in 13 starts this season, with 89 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings. The 23-year-old saw his 2016 start late and end early due to shoulder and elbow injuries, respectively, so Houston isn’t inclined to push him too hard now, especially while sitting on a 12-game lead in the AL West.
Oh, yeah. Just a smooth, powerful left-handed swing. He’s not going to steal any bases, he’s not fleet of foot. He’s a first baseman or a DH. I don’t think you put him in the outfield, ala Justin Bour. But what a bat. My goodness, what a bat. So if he couldn’t pitch, he’d be in the conversation for the No. 1 pick because of his bat. If he couldn’t hit, he’d be in the conversation for the No. 1 pick because of his arm. And, he’s a college player who’s proven himself for three years.