After a big game on Sunday versus the first place Milwaukee Brewers, Yoshida is riding a hot streak and his bat is peaking at a very nice time.
The Red Sox are beginning a three game series against the Baltimore Orioles who got the best of the Sox on opening day, but still suffered a series loss against the Sox that opening series.
In his first stint in a Red Sox uniform against the Orioles, Yoshida went 4-13, knocking in three RBI, drawing one walk, and only striking out one time.
While his hits were all singles, it was important for him to even get on base in his first series in Boston.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Masataka Yoshida should be better vs Orioles
Fast forward about three weeks later and Yoshida will be seeing this pitching staff again, this time in Baltimore.
What I like about this matchup for Yoshida is A) He’s going to be seeing pitchers he is already familiar with for the first time in his major league career and B) all three projected starters of the Orioles are righties.
When facing righties, Yoshida is batting .205/.280/.735 with all three of his home runs and 73 percent of his RBI coming off of right handed pitchers.
In the first series against Baltimore, the left fielder only struck out one time and with his K percentage being in the 94th percentile, I wouldn’t be surprised if he went the whole series without recording a strikeout.
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This last series in Milwaukee was a big one for Yoshida because I think it was a series where Yoshida was able to build some more confidence at the plate, especially when he hit two bombs in one inning. While he did strikeout four times (his most in one series so far this season), he still hit .417 with an OPS of 1.385.
I don’t think that Yoshida is going to put up crazy numbers this series against Baltimore, but with his performance yesterday in Milwaukee and with him having seen these Orioles relievers already once this season, I fully expect him to make a big leap that will be noticeable from last series compared to this series against Baltimore.
As for the Red Sox as a whole, they already took a series against Baltimore (2/3 games) and I think they’re a better team now than they were opening weekend so I would look for a sweep against one of their division rivals.