Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 5/4/12

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

Arms: Friday: Wei-Yen Chen, LHP (2-0, 2.22 ERA) vs. Jon Lester, LHP (1-2, 4.65 ERA)

Saturday: Jason Hammel, RHP (3-1, 1.97 ERA) vs. Aaron Cook, RHP (0-0, -.-- ERA)

Sunday: Tommy Hunter, RHP (2-1, 4.26 ERA) vs. Clay Buchholz, RHP (3-1, 8.69 ERA)

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


Record: 16-9 (2nd AL East) Record: 11-13 (Last AL East) On road: 8-5
At home: 4-7
Streak: Won 2
Streak: Lost 2
    Leaders at the plate
 Leaders at the plate
Average: Andino (.342)
Average: Ortiz (.391)
Homers: Wieters (7)
Homers: Ortiz (6)
RBI: Wieters (17)
RBI: Ortiz (21)
Leaders on the mound
Leaders on the mound Wins: Hammel/Strop (3)
Wins: Buchholz (3)
ERA: Hammel (1.97) | Ayala (0.00)
ERA: Bard (4.38) | Albers (1.80)
K's: Arrieta (33)
K's: Doubront (30)
Last time

You know what happened.

This time

Laser Show: David Ortiz

Ortiz is the obvious choice. Papi is one of the hottest hitters in the league and the Sox are going to count on him to carry this team on his back. Now would also be a good time for Gonzo to break out of his slump.
Pitch Around: Matt Wieters

 Wieters is swinging a hot bat right now and is the team leader as far as the power numbers. A good average with big power numbers could be disaster for Cook and Buchholz. Lester could have the advantage due to Weiters' lack of power against southpaws. All of his 7 homers and 17 RBI have come against righties.

Don't Fall Behind: All 3 starters

There was once a time where Orioles pitching was a non-factor, but they are not messin' around in 2012. Chen and Hammel are had an outstanding April and Hunter has done far more than any Sox starter. These guys are going to be tough and they will definitely have the upper hand in this series.

How we see it goin' down

It has been a very long time since I said this, I don't think the Red Sox have a good chance against the Orioles. I had a tough time typing that. This is not the Orioles team we are used to seeing and I know it is very early in the season, but they are a different team. Maybe it's the magic of Dan Duquette, or maybe it is a hoax. What ever it may be, they are playing good baseball right now and the odds are in their favor for a weekend sweep. It kills me to predict that, but the Sox are not showing us anything that should make me think otherwise.

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