Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 5/14/12

First Pitch: Monday 7:10, Tuesday 4:05

Arms: Monday: Jason Vargas, LHP (4-2, 2.79 ERA) vs. Jon Lester, LHP (1-3, 4.29 ERA)

Tuesday: Blake Beavan, RHP (1-3, 4.32 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett, RHP (2-4, 5.97 ERA)

                                     Yard: Fenway Park   Watch it:  NESN  Hear it:  WEEI The Matchup

 


Record: 16-20 (4th AL West) Record: 15-19 (Last AL East) On road: 9-12
At home: 7-11
Streak: Won 1
Streak: Won 3
    Leaders at the plate
 Leaders at the plate
Average: Liddi (.296)
Average: Ortiz (.348)
Homers: Montero (5)
Homers: Ortiz (7)
RBI: Seager (20)
RBI: Ortiz (25)
Leaders on the mound
Leaders on the mound Wins: Vargas (4)
Wins: Buchholz (4)
ERA: Hernandez (2.29) | League (2.12)
ERA: Lester (4.29) | Atchison (1.17)
K's: Hernandez (58)
K's: Doubront (37)
Last time

The Red Sox dropped 2 of 3 against the Mariners in Seattle last August. When Lackey is the pitcher recording the only win in the series, you know it didn't go well. Beckett handed the Mariners the win in the middle game, giving up 5 runs in the first. That seems familiar. Tim Wakefield continued his struggles in his quest for 200 wins, recording the loss in the final game.

This time

Laser Show: Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia

Adrian is heating up and he has hit Vargas and Beavan well in the past. Gonzo has a .333 and .500 average against the pair respectively, giving him good odds to continue his progress. David Ortiz is still the top offensive performer and I will leave him in this category until he performs otherwise Dustin Pedroia is riding the league best 14-game hit streak, and is looking much better at the plate. His average has climbed well over .300, right where it should be. Pitch Around: Kyle Seager

 I would normally throw Ichiro in here, but he is just not what he used to be. Kyle Seager is their top offensive performer and that should raise no concern. It seems like anyone can hit Beckett, but if good pitching is contagious, Beckett won't have to worry about Seager or the rest of the offense.

Don't Fall Behind: Jason Vargas

The Sox are very lucky that they are not getting Hernandez. Unfortunately, they do get Vargas, Seattle's next best starter. Vargas will overpower and get a lot of outs via the strikeout. The Sox need to jump on him early and get to the pen.

How we see it goin' down

Boston is flying high and this is their chance to gain some ground. The Sox are going to take game 1 behind good pitching and win the second game by out-hitting the Mariners.

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