Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 6/19/12

First Pitch: Tuesday 7:10, Wednesday 7:10, Thursday 7:10

Arms: Tuesday: Mark Buehrle, LHP (5-7, 3.41 ERA) vs. Clay Buchholz, RHP  (7-2, 5.38 ERA)

Wednesday: Ricky Nolasco, RHP (6-5, 4.37 ERA) vs. Felix Doubront, LHP (7-3, 4.17 ERA)

Thursday: Carlos Zambrano, RHP (4-5, 3.92 ERA) vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP (0-2, 5.73 ERA)

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

   


Record: 33-33 (4th NL East) Record: 33-33 (Last AL East) On road: 16-15
At home: 14-19
Streak: Lost 1
Streak: Won 2
    Leaders at the plate
 Leaders at the plate
Average: Solano (.367)
Average: Podsednik (.387)
Homers: Stanton (14)
Homers: Ortiz (16)
RBI: Stanton (42)
RBI: Ortiz (43)
Leaders on the mound
Leaders on the mound Wins: Nolasco (6)
Wins: Buchholz/Doubront (7)
ERA: Buehrle (3.41) | Cishek (1.91)
ERA: Backett (4.14) | Atchison (1.24)
K's: Sanchez (80)
K's: Doubront (81)
Last time

We saw this movie in Miami last week for a 3-game set, and the Sox walked away with 2 victories to close out the series after dropping the first game. Josh Johnson didn't give the Sox much to work with in the first game. The Sox responded with Clay Buchholz in game 2 and Felix Doubront in game 3, and the Sox outscored the Marlins 12-3 in those two games.

This time

Laser Show: David Ortiz

The only other guy that would piossibly perform better would be Scott Podsednik, but his trip to the DL has me going with Big Papi. Ortiz has been exceeding expectations all season long and continues to rack up the power numbers. Ortiz took Ricky Nolasco deep in their last meeting and with the DH back in play, we know Papi will see plenty of playing time.
Pitch Around: Jose Reyes

Reyes killed the Red Sox last week. Jose lead off game 1 for the Marlins with a triple off of Josh Beckett. So, what does he do to follow that in game 2? A triple to lead off the bottom of the first off of Clay Buchholz. Reyes did not hit a triple in game 3, he only hit a solo home run off of Felix Doubront. The Sox have to make sure he doesn't get any hits down the right field line or in the triangle in center.

Don't Fall Behind: Mark Buehrle

If Clay Buchholz didn't one-up Buehrle on the mound, we would be talking about how great he pitched against the Sox. The Sox didn't have an easy time against him and luckily Kelly Shoppach had his number. Mark Buehrle will be out for revenge and the Sox can't let him get comfortable.

How we see it goin' down

This series is almost identical to the last with the same pitching match-ups with the exception of Thursday's Zambrano/Matsuzaka match-up. The Red Sox have to get streaky very quickly to become competitive in the division. If the clubhouse can get their act together and play well, they can put some runs up on the scoreboard. I feel good about the pitching match-ups and see the Sox sweeping Miami, even with Dice-K on the mound on Thursday. I may be too optimistic.

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