Alex Cora expressed confidence in the Red Sox pitching staff, even during injuries

Morning sports update

“This is part of 162.”

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Alex Cora earlier in June 2022. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

The Red Sox lost 7-2 to the Blue Jays on Monday night. Boston will play Toronto again tonight at 7:07 PM

Alex Cora’s thoughts on the Red Sox pitching staff: Despite the Red Sox missing starting pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Whitlock (not to mention ace Chris Sale, who has yet to pitch for Boston in 2022), Alex Cora’s team is 19-5 in the month June.

Even after losing to the Blue Jays on Monday, Cora was optimistic about the team’s pitching staff.

“We Know They’re Coming” [back]’ said Cora, referring to the starters returning from injury. “The Big Man” [Sale] is pitching [for Double-A Portland] on Thursday. So he comes closer. Nate, he’s throwing a bullpen on Wednesday. This is part of 162.

“We’ve been able to do our thing with a lot of guys, and just like other teams have done, right?” Cora added. “We feel comfortable with these kids coming to pitch. We are. Today was just – we were short in the bullpen and we had to try and get 15 outs with him. It just didn’t happen.”

Connor Seabold, who was making his second career start in the Major Leagues, retired the side 14 before being pulled in the fifth inning. Seabold gave up seven runs, but also struckout seven. Of the 46 pitches Seabold Blue Jays swinged hitters to, 21 were misses.

‘That’s a lot, isn’t it? Like I said, the fastball has some life there,” Cora commented about Seabold’s stuff. “There are some good batters on that team and to do that against them, he’s a good one. Coincidentally, this was the first this year against a strong team. He’s a man we really like.”

trivia: Can you name the six teams Alex Cora played for during his career?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: Three American League, three National League.

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On this day: In 1919, Red Sox pitcher Carl Mays threw back-to-back complete games in a doubleheader against the Yankees.

Mays racked up seven Yankee hits in a 2-0 win in the first game, but gave up four runs in a 4-1 loss in the second game of the day.

1919 Red Sox Boston Globe

Daily highlight: Carlos Alcaraz with a “brilliant” winner. The 19-year-old eventually won his Wimbledon match against Jan-Lennard Struff in five sets.

Trivia Answer: Dodgers, Red Sox, Mets, Rangers Nationals, Guardians

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