It's Time For The Red Sox To Get Down To Business...No More Weak Teams Scheduled...For Now
OK, OK, the easy part of the recent Boston Red Sox schedule is ovah, baby. Coming up are two games with the Tampa Bay Rays and four in the Bronx with the NY Yankees. The Sox have eight games left with the Florida club and ten (!) with the pinstripers. Over the next six games, starting tonight, they'll go with their best, pitching Lester twice and the diamond white hot Josh Beckett once. Lester will pitch Tuesday night down in Florida, followed by Brad Penny. John Smoltz will open up the series in the Bronx, followed by Josh Beckett on Friday, Clay Buchholz on Saturday and Lester once again on Sunday. A 4-2 record in that sextet would sure be nice but lets take it one game at a time. As I just said, it'll be Jon Lester facing Matt Garza tonight and Brad Penny versus David Price Wednesday night. Let's win 'em both.
Boston has not been getting any offensive production from Nick Green, who's batted just .087 since the All-Star break and Jed Lowrie, who isn’t much better, hitting .188. Look for the Sox to land an elite shortstop in the offseason, if not before. But it seems that Victor Martinez in the middle of the lineup has helped everyone in that lineup immensely. Theo did a good, no GREAT, job with that acquisition. Now if only Smoltzie can get his act together and give the club six quality innings every time out, well, that would make a world of difference. We won't see Matsuzaka until 2010 so what you see now is what we're going to get.
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