Drew Pomeranz will be pitching tonight. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- It's Game 1 of 3 tonight for the Red Sox and Blue Jays as Boston sets out on the road for the first of nine games away from Fenway Park. Boston is 37-and-19 on the road this season--good for second best in the majors, behind only Houston.
Four of those victories have been claimed in Toronto--one in a game started by Drew Pomeranz, who is scheduled to take the mound tonight in the opener. It's been a tough season so far for the lanky lefty. Saddled with a couple of stints on the DL, Pomeranz is just 1-and-5 for the year, and that lone victory did not come in the aforementioned win at the Rogers Center, because Pomeranz was yanked in that game after four innings.
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But Pomeranz has been working hard on his craft since his last return from the DL, and he thinks a tweak or two here or there could make all the difference.
"Sometimes you make a couple bad pitches," he said. "If you could take those back, it completely changes the game. I think there's some adjustments I could make with my pitch selection, and just some of the things I've been working on that can help me not have to be so fine with everything, be a little less predictable."
Meanwhile, Toronto will send Marcus Stroman to the hill--another pitcher who's having troubles of his own in 2018. Strohman has a career-high ERA of over five and a half, and after starting the season 0-5, he had won four of his last six decisions--but got roughed up last week in Oakland by the surging A's, tagged for eleven hits and seven runs in an 8-3 loss.
As for the rest of the series for Boston, left-hander Brian Johnson will start in place of injured Chris Sale Wednesday. For the finale Thursday, it's Rick Porcello, looking for a fifteenth win.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Chris Fama (@cfama_wbz) reports