Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 8/9/12

First Pitch: Thursday 7:05, Friday 7:05, Saturday 6:05, Sunday 1:05

Arms: Thursday: LHP Felix Doubront (10-5, 4.56) vs. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (8-11, 5.29)

Friday: RHP Clay Buchholz (9-3, 4.48) vs. LHP Chris Seddon (0-0, 7.71)

Saturday: LHP Franklin Morales (3-2, 3.14) vs. RHP Zach McAllister (4-4, 3.60)

Sunday: LHP Jon Lester (5-10, 5.36) vs. RHP Corey Kluber (0-0, 6.10) 

   Yard: Progressive Field   Watch it: NESN   Hear it:  WEEI

The Matchup

  








Record: 55-57 (4th in the AL East) Record: 51-60 (3rd in the AL Central) On road: 26-23
At home: 28-27
Streak: Lost 2
Streak: Won 1
Leaders at the plate
Leaders at the plate
Average: Ortiz (.316)
Average: Brantley (.295)
Homers: Ortiz (23)
Homers: Choo (13)
RBI: Gonzalez (72)
RBI: Kipnis (58)
Leaders on the mound
Leaders on the mound Wins: Doubront (10)
Wins: Jimenez (8)
ERA: Morales (3.14) | Atchison (1.76)
ERA: McAllister (3.60) | Pestano (1.26)
K's: Lester (117)
K's: Masterson (118)
Last time

The Sox last played the Twins back in May. The Sox entered the series a miserable 12-18. Josh Beckett lost the opener to Derek Lowe, who's been so good this year that Cleveland designated him for assignment last week. The Sox regrouped and won the final three games of the series, topping Ubaldo Jimenez and Zach McAllister, both of whom are due to face Boston again in this series.

This time

Laser Show: Adrian Gonzalez 

It's all Adrian all the time right now. He's riding a 1.300+ OPS for the month -- no reason to think it'll stop now. The Indians are tossing out one ineffective pitcher, two new guys, and one who's been OK. Adrian should feast on them.
Pitch Around: Asdrubal Cabrera

I choose Asdrubal not due to his success against the Sox this year (an OPS below .600), or a favorable home split (.779 OPS at home, .779 on the road), but because he has the best name in baseball.

Don't Fall Behind: Ubaldo Jimenez

Ubaldo hasn't been the same since coming over to Cleveland, but I'm going to take "don't fall behind" kind of literally. He's got talent, even if his fastball isn't what it once was. If he gets a little confidence going, he can still strike guys out. Best to get to him early and keep him on edge. The Sox should be able to wait him out as he has serious command issues.

How we see it goin' down

This is a .500 team heading into a four-game series. I see no reason to expect anything other than a 2-2 split.

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