Wright didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 14-10 win over the Mariners, surrendering all 10 runs on 10 hits -- including three home runs -- and two walks over 3.1 innings while striking out three. His knuckleball wasn't doing much dancing Friday, as Nelson Cruz crushed a pair of three-run homers off Wright while Ryon Healy also chipped in a solo shot, but J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox offense rallied in the later innings to take the right-hander off the hook for what would have been a well-deserved loss. Wright's ERA jumped more than two runs after the fiasco, but it still stands at a respectable 3.38 heading into Thursday's home start against the Angels.
Wright (2-1) allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks while striking out four across seven innings to take the loss Saturday against the Mariners. Wright was hit with the hard-luck loss as he was outpitched by Wade LeBlanc in an unlikely pitcher's duel. That shouldn't take away from his effort, however, as he didn't allow a hit after the third inning and held the Mariners without an extra-base hit in his seven innings of work. In three starts this season, Wright has given up only one earned run across 20.2 innings.
Wright went 6.2 scoreless innings in a no-decision Monday against the Orioles, allowing four hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Wright threw first-pitch strikes to 20 of 28 batters and induced nine groundball outs to stifle the home team. He scattered baserunners to great effect and only got into a spot of trouble when he loaded the bases prior to his removal in the seventh. Luckily the bullpen escaped the jam, but the offense waited until the 12th inning to get on the board. Wright now has an impressive 22.2-inning shutout streak to his name and will take a microscopic 1.21 ERA into this weekend's scheduled start against the Mariners.
Wright allowed two hits and three walks while striking out six over seven scoreless innings in Tuesday's 6-0 win over the Tigers. Wright was making his first start of the season and was on point after a shaky first inning. He allowed three baserunners in the first, but avoided damage when Detroit's Leonys Martin was thrown out at home. From that point on, no Tiger reached second base against Wright, who retired his final 13 batters faced and lowered his ERA to 1.57 over 23 innings. With Drew Pomeranz (biceps) on the disabled list, Wright will get at least one more start, which at this point is scheduled for next Tuesday in Baltimore.
Wright will get a spot start Tuesday against the Tigers, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Wright will be making his first start of the 2018 campaign. He's put up stellar numbers out of the bullpen, posting a 2.25 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 14 strikeouts and 10 walks over 16 innings. The Red Sox have elected to give Wright the nod following Monday's off-day to give the starting rotation two extra days of rest.