7:40 pm
August 29

Red Sox @ Twins

Who will WIN this matchup?

Boston Red Sox (62-66)

@ Minnesota Twins (65-61)


Starting Pitchers:

Bello (BOS): 0-3; 7.36 ERA

Bundy (MIN) 7-6; 4.66 ERA


Current odds:

Boston Red Sox: (+104)

Minnesota Twins: (-123)


The starting line-up for the Red Sox is as follows:

The starting line-up for the Twins is as follows:

Boston Red Sox rookie right-hander Brayan Bello will be aiming for his first major league victory when he takes the mound against the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a three-game series on Monday in Minneapolis. Bello, the third-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization according to MLB Pipeline, did enough to earn a victory in his last outing, but the offense failed to back him up.

Bello (0-3, 7.36 ERA) allowed two runs and six hits in five innings on Wednesday against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays, but the 23-year-old from the Dominican Republic left with the score tied 2-2 and the Red Sox eventually lost 3-2 in 10 innings. The performance earned Bello another start with Boston, however.

Bello got the attention of the coaching staff in his prior appearance on Aug. 3 too, coming out of the bullpen in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros and striking out the first two batters he faced. He then gave up a double and a single before departing with a left groin strain, which sidelined him for three weeks.

One of his best sources for information has been veteran right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, whose back injury has opened the door for Bello to get some starts.

The Red Sox were trying for a three-game sweep of the visiting Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday but lost 12-4.

The Twins did complete a three-game sweep on Sunday, knocking off the visiting San Francisco Giants 8-3.

The Twins plan to start veteran right-hander Dylan Bundy in the series opener against Boston. Bundy (7-6, 4.56) is enjoying his best month of the season, owning a 1-1 mark in four starts in August with a 2.33 ERA. He took his only loss this month in his last outing, but only gave up two runs and three hits in five innings of a 5-3 loss at the Astros.

Bundy made his second start of the season against the Red Sox on April 18 and earned the win in an 8-3 victory in Boston. He allowed one run and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Overall, he’s 4-9 in 21 career appearances against the Red Sox, including 16 starts, with a 5.36 ERA.

StreakSmarter Pick
Minnesota Twins