Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 11/17/14

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

Arms: Monday: Josh Beckett (4-6, 4.04 ERA) vs. Josh Johnson, RHP (3-4, 4.56 ERA)

Tuesday: Clay Buchholz, RHP (6-2, 5.77 ERA) vs. Mark Buehrle, LHP (5-6, 3.49 ERA)

Wednesday: Felix Doubront, LHP (6-3, 4.34 ERA) vs. Ricky Nolasco, RHP (6-4, 4.36 ERA)

                               Yard: Marlins Park   Watch it:  NESN (NESN/ESPN - Mon.)  Hear it:  WEEI The Matchup

 


Record: 29-31 (Last AL East) Record: 31-29 (4th NL East) On road: 15-12
At home: 16-16
Streak: Lost 3
Streak: Lost 6
    Leaders at the plate
 Leaders at the plate
Average: Podsednik (.368)
Average: Solano (.474)
Homers: Ortiz (14)
Homers: Stanton (14)
RBI: Ortiz (38)
RBI: Stanton (42)
Leaders on the mound
Leaders on the mound Wins: Buchholz/Doubront (6)
Wins: Nolasco (6)
ERA: Beckett (4.04) | Atchison (1.32)
ERA: Sanchez (3.40) | Choate (0.49)
K's: Doubront (72)
K's: Sanchez (74)
Last time

The last time these two teams met was June 16-18, 2009. The Red Sox won the 3 game series in Boston as Tim Wakefield and Brad Penny won the first two, 8-2 and 6-1 and Jon Lester lost the rain shortened game 3, 2-1. I could analyze the series a little more, but that was a very different Sox team and none of it matters. I mean, Nick Green was the starting shortstop for the Red Sox in 2009. I forgot that guy existed.

This time

Laser Show: Josh Beckett

I'm switching it up a little bit. Josh Beckett has never gone up against his former team and he has been pitching very well. The Sox need him to come through and get them out of this funk. It will be a different atmosphere in the new Marlins Park, pitching in front of 15,000 of his former fans. Josh will do what he has to do and we can only hope the bats will show up to support him in Miami.
Pitch Around: Giancarlo Stanton

The Marlins' 22-year-old right fielder has picked up where he left off in the power category.  After his 2010 jump from AA to the majors, Stanton has been tearing the cover off of the ball. In that 2010 season, Stanton hit 43 home runs between AA and the majors and has hit 48 home runs since then. He is a tall, powerful hitter that will do a lot of damage.

Don't Fall Behind: Ricky Molasco

Mark Buehrle is the best Marlins pitcher going in the series, but the Sox have been able to expose him in the past. Nolasco is one of those pitchers that only a handful of Red Sox batters have seen and will likely be a challenge for some of the first-time opponents.

How we see it goin' down

The Red Sox are struggling, but not as bad as the Marlins. Miami can't get anything going as of late and the Red Sox have their chance to jump all over that. This opportunity cannot be squandered and if the Red Sox can capitalize, they will take 2. They have a good chance to sweep if the offense awakens from the nap they took during the Nationals series.

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