The Boston Red Sox may have lost two of three to the Minnesota Twins, but the Detroit Tigers are coming to town which means time to bring the best play to the table. The Red Sox started to hit against the weak Twins series and even rallied from a couple holes to make the two losses at least interesting. The reigning AL Champions will need to rely on both their pitching and offense to win against the 24-12 Tigers.
The Red Sox may be 20-20, but their pitching has really been the tale of the season with up-and-down starts and this series should be a pitcher’s duel until both teams reach the bullpens.
In the first game tonight, Jon Lester will go against Max Scherzer. Lester won last year’s matchup with Scherzer in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel and it should be another solid contest. Sure, the Red Sox will have trouble as they are 10-15 against righties this season which ranks among the bottom of MLB.
In Saturday’s contest, 5-2 John Lackey will get the ball opposite 6-1 Rick Porcello. Both starters have started off with ERAs of 3.57 and 3.22 respectively and should be another solid game.
In the finale at Fenway Park on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, Jake Peavy will take on Anibal Sanchez. The 30-year-old right-handed starter will be activated before the contest for the Tigers. Peavy has been solid with a 1-1 record and an ERA under 4.00.
All of these contests should be close depending on how well the pitcher’s for Boston can limit the hot Tigers’ lineup and if the Red Sox lineup can hit all these right-handed starters.
The player that needs to be watched in this series has to be ex-Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez.The 35-year-old has a rejuvenated swing with a solid .336 average to go along with nine home runs and 23 RBI. The homers and average are tops among qualified players on the team. The switch-hitter may be playing mostly at DH, but his hitting alone will drive the Red Sox wild this series.
In a weekend series that is a must-see early in the season, the Tigers and Red Sox will put on a show for all baseball fans. This series could go either way, so there will be no prediction.
Enjoy the games!