Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 4/12/13
First Pitch: Friday 7:10, Saturday 1:05, Sunday 1:35, Monday 11:05 Arms: Friday: Alex Cobb, RHP  (1-0, 0.00 ERA)  vs. Felix Doubront, LHP (0-0, 5.40 ERA) Saturday: David Price, LHP (0-1, 8.18 ERA) vs. Jon Lester, LHP (2-0, 1.50 ERA)   Sunday: Jeremy Hellickson, RHP (0-1, 6.35 ERA) vs. Clay Buchholz, RHP (2-0, 0.64 ERA) Monday: Roberto Hernandez, RHP (0-2 6.08 ERA) vd. Ryan Dempster, RHP (0-1, 3.60 ERA)                                   Yard: Fenway Park   Watch it: NESN   Hear it:  WEEI The Matchup     Record: 4-5 Record: 5-4 On road: 1-2 At home: 1-2 Streak: W1 Streak: L2     Leaders at the plate  Leaders at the plate Average: Zobrist (.364) Average: Nava (.421) Homers: 4 tied (1) Homers: Middlebrooks (4) RBI: Zobrist (9) RBI: Ellsbury/Napoli (8) Leaders on the mound Leaders on the mound  Wins: Moore  (2) Wins: Buchholz/Lester (2) ERA: Cobb/Moore (0.00) | Wright (0.00) ERA: Buchholz (0.64) | 3 tied (0.00) K's: Moore (13) K's: Dempster (15) Last time The Red Sox and Rays split their last series in mid-September at the Trop. Doubront and Aaron Cook got the wins for the Sox and Dice-K laid an egg, as he usually did, for the worst loss of the series,13-3. The Sox were outscored 20-7 in the two losses. At least they got two games out of it. This time Laser Show: Will Middlebrooks Middlebrooks is only batting .222, but Rays pitching is struggling, which is unusual for that club as of late. Pitchers have learned not to pitch to Will in his wheel-house, but if Rays pitching doesn't improve in this series, you can count on Middlebrooks making them pay for mistakes. . Pitch Around: Ben Zobrist Ben Zobrist is killing opposing pitchers in this young season. Zobrist has come up big in key situations, batting .600 with 4 RBI in situations with 2 outs and RISP. His average is much better when he bats right, but his homer and 7 out of his 9 RBI have come from the left side. Translation: He is dangerous from both sides of the plate. It's still early, and a trip to cold Fenway could ice him. Don't Fall Behind: Alex Cobb Young, Boston born, Alex Cobb, was lights out in his first and only start of the young season. Cobb went 7 1/3, scattering 4 hits, 3 walks and stuck out 6. Compared to the rest of the staff's performance (with the exception of Moore), that's pretty damn good. Even when not compared to the rest of the staff, it's pretty good. The Sox need to act early against him, and not let him get into any rhythm. Try to work some walks and tire him out to get to the bullpen early. How we see it goin' down It is tough to win a 4-game series, especially against AL East teams. Given the poor performance of Rays starting pitching, the Sox' chances of coming away with 3 wins are pretty good. The definitely win the pitching matchups, which is good enough for me to predict a series win for the Red Sox. 
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