Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 7/20/12

First Pitch: Friday 7:10, Saturday 7:10, Sunday 1:35

Arms: Friday: Aaron Laffey, LHP (1-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett, RHP (5-7, 4.44 ERA)

Saturday: Carlos Villanueva, RHP (4-0, 2.68 ERA) vs. Aaron Cook, RHP (2-2, 3.34 ERA)

Sunday: Henderson Alvarez, RHP (5-7, 4.29 ERA) vs. Jon Lester, LHP (5-7, 4.80 ERA)

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

 


Record: 45-47 (Last AL East) Record: 48-45 (T-3rd AL East) On road: 20-27
At home: 25-25
Streak: Lost 3
Streak: Won 2
    Leaders at the plate
 Leaders at the plate
Average: Encarnacion (.296)
Average: Crawford (.429)
Homers: Encarnacion (25)
Homers: Saltalamacchia (17)
RBI: Encarnacion (65)
RBI: Gonzalez (55)
Leaders on the mound
Leaders on the mound Wins: Romero (8)
Wins: Doubront (10)
ERA: Villanueva (2.68) | Oliver (1.30)
ERA: Morales (3.10) | Tazawa (0.84)
K's: Romero (84)
K's: Doubront (99)
Last time

The Red Sox won 2 of a 3-game series at Fenway at the end of June. Big Papi contributed 2 homers in the series, and Adrian Gonzalez chipped in with 5 RBI. Doubront had a tough outing in the first game, resulting in the only loss in the series for the Sox. Dice-K followed with a very good 5 2/3 innings outing that could very well be his last (hopefully) in a Red Sox uniform. Jon Lester closed out the series with a not-so-strong 7 inning outing (7 H, 4 R, 4 ER), but did grab his 5th and most recent win of the season.

This time

Laser Show: Adrian Gonzalez & Cody Ross

Theses guys tore the cover off the ball in the last series. Gonzo has re-discovered his power and Cody is loving hitting the ball in and over the Monster seats. These two guys can do some damage to the Jays pitching staff.
Pitch Around: Edwin Encarnacion

Just because Bautista is on the DL doesn't mean the Sox will have an easy time with the lineup, it just mean it will be easier. Encarnacion is a huge threat in the lineup and unlike Bautista, his average is closer to .300. Encarnacion should expect a couple of intentional walks in the series.

Don't Fall Behind: Carlos Villanueva

Since transitioning from the bullpen to the starting rotation, Carlos Villanueva has pitched very well. The Red Sox have not seen him much this season or in his career. Nick Punto got the best of him, by hitting that deep solo homer to right in Toronto this season. Villanueva will give the Jays the best chance to win in this series.

How we see it goin' down

The Red Sox have a great chance to win this series and I have been thinking 2 out of 3 for this series all week. Everyone surrounding me is chalking this one up as a sweep. I am reluctant to go with sweep, especially with uncertainty of which Josh Beckett will show up and Lester going on Sunday. I'm going to stick with 2 win and if is a sweep for the Red Sox, well, I will say, "Kudos to you, Red Sox".

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