Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 4/22/13
First Pitch: Monday 6:35, Tuesday 6:35, Wednesday 4:05 Arms: Monday: A.J. Griffin, RHP  (2-00, 2.25 ERA)  vs. Felix Doubront, LHP (1-0, 4.50 ERA) Tuesday: Bartolo Colon, RHP (2-0, 3.32 ERA) vs. Alfredo Aceves, RHP (1-0, 6.28 ERA)   Wednesday: Brett Anderson, LHP (1-3, 5.95 ERA) vs. Jon Lester, LHP (3-0, 1.73 ERA)                                   Yard: Fenway Park   Watch it: NESN   Hear it:  WEEI The Matchup     Record: 12-7 (2nd AL West) Record: 12-6 (1st AL East) On road: 6-3 At home: 5-4 Streak: L3 Streak: L2     Leaders at the plate  Leaders at the plate Average: Smith (.388) Average: Ortiz (.625) Homers: Crisp (5) Homers: Middlebrooks/Nava (4) RBI: Lowrie/Moss (14) RBI: Napoli (20) Leaders on the mound Leaders on the mound  Wins: Milone (3) Wins: Buchholz (4) ERA: Griffin (2.25) | Cook (0.87) ERA: Buchholz (0.90) | Wilson (0.00) K's: Milone (21) K's: Dempster (33) Last time The Red Sox got their asses handed to them in Oakland to kick off the month of September of 2012. The Sox were outscored 33-5 in the series with a 20-2 loss to kick off the series. Much like the recent recaps of series from 2012, we don't want to be reminded of any more details. This time Laser Show: Mike Napoli Mike is an RBI machine. He is 3rd in the majors with 20 RBI, and even with the low .267 average, Napoli is going to up that average number while driving in some more runs. Want some stats to back that up? How about a .400 and .375 batting average against Anderson and Colon, respectively. Throw in a .900 SLG% coming out to a 1.471 OPS against Brett Anderson, and we a bit more backup for a potential big series for Mike Napoli. Pitch Around: All the former Sox players Here is why: Coco Crisp: Leading the team in homers with 5, batting .328, and leads the team with 6 steals. Jed Lowrie: Second on the team with a .382 BA, and tied for the team lead in RBI with 14. Brandon Moss: Tied with Lowrie in RBI with 14. Josh Reddick: Only batting .113 with a homer and 8 RBI, but the potential for damage is there. Don't Fall Behind: A.J. Griffin Clearly the best of the 3 Oakland starters going in the series. Though, Bartolo Colon is pitching pretty well for a senior citizen. So, watch out for Colon as well. How we see it goin' down Coming off of a disappointing Sunday, the Sox are looking to come up with another winning streak as we all try to normal around the city. The Sox have the pitching advantage in game 3, though the A's have the upper hand in the first two matchups. David Ortiz has started his season hot, but it may not be enough if Colon and Griffin continue their hot starts. I am going to have to the series to Oakland with the Sox salvaging the final game.
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