First Pitch: Saturday 5:37 | Fenway Park | TBS/WEEI
2013 vs. Rays: 12-7 | +14 Run differential
Game 2 Matchup:
David Price, LHP 2013: 10-8, 3.3.33 ERA
John Lackey, RHP 2013: 10-13, 3.52 ERA
Career vs. Sox: 10-6, 2.93 ERA, 1.078 WHIP
Career vs. Rays: 12-7, 4.39 ERA, 1.403 WHIP
2013 vs. Sox: 2-2, 2.48 ERA, 0.673 WHIP
2013 vs. Rays: 0-1, 8.10 ERA, 2.100 WHIP
Last outing against the Sox: 9/10: (L) 8 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 9 K
Last outing against the Rays: 6/10: (ND) 5.2 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, BB, 8 K
I think we all remember the 12-2 thrashing of the Rays yesterday. I was a bit off with my 2-1 prediction, though I thought I would be spot on through the first 3 innings.
It really started off as a pitchers duel and had all the workings of one until a young rightfielder by the name of Myers opened the flood gates. Then, it just became Jon Lester's dominance of the Rays and the Sox offense getting every break imaginable. It was glorious.
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Which Ray to watch out for: David Price
The Sox were blessed this series with back-to-back Aces going for the Rays that have had great success against the Sox. David Price has had a couple of great outings against the Sox this season. He had back-to-back gems against the Sox late July, followed by a very good performance on the losing edge of a duel. On the other hand, Price has also had some terrible outing against the Sox, but, don't bet on it today. As I said about Moore, the Sox can't let him get past 6 innings.
Key to Sox victory: Run support for John Lackey
Lackey just doesn't get run support. It will be tough against David Price, but it is possible. Sit on the fastball and don't miss a pitch in the zone.
You have to feel great after yesterday's game and think the Sox are going to sweep the series. That would be nice. Today is where the Rays really have the pitching advantage, no matter how well Lackey pitched at home during the regular season. I am going to have to give this one to the Rays, 6-3.