Schedule: Friday at 7:05 (Lackey vs. Hamels) - Saturday at 7:10 (DiceK vs. Kendrick) - Sunday at 1:35 (Wakefield vs. Halladay)
In what I'm sure many Boston fans mistakingly think is a preview of the 2010 World Series, the Red Sox come into Philly for the first interleague series of the season. This series is also the beginning of a very tough stretch of games for the Phils. After Boston, the Phillies head up to New York and then down to Florida, and then to Atlanta, followed by a home series with first place San Diego, then the Fish again, then the Sox AGAIN in Beantown, then the Yankees in the Bronx, the Twins at home....wow this will be an interesting next month for the team. Usually, they explode around the second week of June so I'm not worried. The slump they are in now is something the team goes through every season no matter who is on the team.
The Red Sox head into Philadelphia with a three game winning streak which is more impressive when you see they took a game from the Yanks and beat the Twins twice. However they are playing very poorly to start the season and sit 8.5 games behind the first place Rays. In my opinion, the great Red Sox run is over but this isn't a Red Sox blog so let's look at the team as of this weekend.
Despite the second worst pitching staff in the American League, the Red Sox are two games over .500. Not surprisingly, Kevin Youkilis leads the team in batting average at .324. 3B Adrian Beltre is batting .316 with 3 homers and 22 RBIs after he signed as a free agent in the offseason. David Ortiz will move from DH to 1B for this series. The Sox will be without outfielders Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury who are both on the 15-day DL. Josh Beckett will also miss this series so Phillies batters don't have to worry about any head hunting.
Tonight's pitching matchup is even with Lackey facing Hamels. Tomorrow's matchup favors Boston I guess with Dice-K facing Kendrick and Halladay tops Wakefield on Sunday. This is a great weekend to break out of the offensive slump and get closer to .500 all time vs. the Red Sox. Right now the series record stands at 22-14 in favor of Boston.
Tonight's Forecast: 85, partly cloudy, 10% chance of rain, winds 6 MPH out to left
Season Series: 0-0
- 5/21: vs. Red Sox --
- 5/22: vs. Red Sox --
- 5/23: vs. Red Sox --
- 6/11: at Red Sox --
- 6/12: at Red Sox --
- 6/13: at Red Sox --
Probable Boston Starters
C - Victor Martinez (.248, 5 HR, 19 RBI)
1B - David Ortiz (.248, 8, 21)
2B - Dustin Pedroia (.281, 8, 25)
SS - Marco Scutaro (.267, 2, 7)
3B - Adrian Beltre (.316, 3, 22)
LF - Jeremy Hermida (.228, 4, 22)
CF - Darnell McDonald (.264, 3, 11)
RF - JD Drew (.271, 6, 27)
Closer - Jonathan Papelbon (1-3, 3.15, 10 for 11 SV opp)
Friday SP - John Lackey (4-2, 4.86)
Saturday SP - Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-1, 7.89)
Sunday SP - Tim Wakefield (0-2, 5.31)