Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 5/3/13
First Pitch: Friday 8:05, Saturday 8:05, Sunday 3:05 Arms: Friday: Felix Doubront, LHP (3-0, 4.24 ERA)  vs. Derek Holland, LHP (1-2, 3.38 ERA) Saturday: John Lackey, RHP (1-1, 2.61 ERA) vs. Alexi Ogando, RHP (2-2, 3.38 ERA)   Sunday: Jon Lester, LHP (4-0, 3.11 ERA) vs. Yu Darvish, RHP (5-1, 2.33 ERA)                            Yard: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington   Watch it: NESN   Hear it:  WEEI The Matchup     Record: 20-8 (1st AL East) Record: 17-11 (1st AL West) On road: 9-3 At home: 8-4 Streak: W2 Streak: L2     Leaders at the plate  Leaders at the plate Average: Ortiz (.487) Average: Kinsler (.330) Homers: Middlebrooks/Napoli (6) Homers: Beltre/Cruz (6) RBI: Napoli (31) RBI: Cruz (20) Leaders on the mound Leaders on the mound  Wins: Buchholz (6) Wins: Darvish (5) ERA: Buchholz (1.01) | Wilson (1.35) ERA: Grimm (2.28) | Scheppers (0.61) K's: Buchholz/Dempster (47) K's: Darvish (58) Last time Much like other series from 2012, the Sox dropped 2-of-3 to Texas at home in early August. Unlike other series, the Sox actually outscored the Rangers 21-18, thanks to a 9-2 game 1 win, and keeping it close in games 2 and 3. All insignificant. This time Laser Show: Mike Napoli No stats, just going on feeling. If you haven't figured it out by now, my gut feeling is always wrong. Scratch that...mostly wrong. I feel good about Mike Napoli's return to Texas. A couple of homers, a bunch of RBI, maybe a couple walks...yeah, that sounds good. Pitch Around: Ian Kinsler Kinsler is having himself a nice little start to the season. A .330 average, 5 homers, 17 RBI, 7 doubles, and 3 steals are not too shabby. If he is considerate, he will knock all of that off for a few games. I am not even going to mention his 13 career homers and 32 RBI, against the Sox. What good would that be? Don't Fall Behind: Yu Darvish I don't think it is necessary to explain why. Want something? MLB leader in K's with 58, has only given up 23 hits in 38 2/3 innings, and will dominate the **** out of any batter that falls behind in the count. How we see it goin' down The Sox will have a big test ahead of them in this series. Texas is a very good team with some very good pitching. If John Lackey can pitch as well as he did in his last outing, the Sox will have a chance. Since I don't have much confidence in him, I am going to have to give the series to Texas with the Sox squeaking out one...probably the first game. 
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