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Red Sox Reveals Plans for Monday's Game After Scratching Michael Wacha

Devon Platana
The Boston Red Sox have revealed their plans for Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays after scratching starting SP Michael Wacha.
The Boston Red Sox have revealed their plans for Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays after scratching starting SP Michael Wacha. / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran pitcher Michael Wacha was supposed to lead the Boston Red Sox in an Independence Day showdown against the Tampa Bay Rays, but that's no longer the case. It was reported on Sunday that Wacha's pitching arm was feeling stiff, leading to him being a scratch on Monday.

Instead of re-shuffling the starting rotation, the Red Sox have opted for a "bullpen only" game against the Rays. Left-handed reliever Austin Davis will make his second career start as he opens up on the mound for Boston.

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Traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates in July 2021, Davis has been one of the Red Sox's better relievers this year. The 29-year-old has gone 1-1 in 28 appearances (one star), pitching to a 2.45 ERA, 1.295 WHIP and 32 strikeouts over 29.1 innings.

Davis made his first career start on May 15 against the Texas Rangers. The Red Sox ultimately lost 7-1, but the Scottsdale, Arizona, native was decent, striking out two batters and issuing a walk without a hit in two innings pitched.

Nevertheless, Davis hasn't pitched more than three innings in a game this season. The Red Sox used three other relievers that game, making it interesting to see how many they use on the Fourth of July after turning to five relief pitchers against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Unfortunately, Davis hasn't had the best success against the Rays. He's pitched 3.2 innings in five career games against Tampa Bay, giving up three hits, three walks and two earned runs while striking out five batters.

Even with the pitching changes, things are looking bright for the Red Sox ahead of their clash with the Rays. FanDuel Sportsbook is favoring Boston at -120 on the moneyline, while Tampa Bay sits as the +102 betting underdog.

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