Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 4/23/12

First Pitch: Monday 8:10, Tuesday 8:10, Wednesday 8:10

Arms: Monday: Jon Lester, LHP (0-2, 5.82 ERA) vs. Jason Marquis, RHP (1-0, 7.20 ERA)

Tuesday: Josh Beckett, RHP (0-2, 5.03 ERA) vs. Nick Blackburn, RHP (0-1, 5.56 ERA)

Wednesday: Clay Buchholz, RHP (1-1, 9.00 ERA) vs. Liam Hendriks, RHP (0-0, 3.86 ERA)

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Record: 4-10 (Last AL East) Record: 5-11 (4th AL Central) On road: 1-5
At home: 2-4
Streak: Lost 5
Streak: Lost 2
    Leaders at the plate
 Leaders at the plate
Average: Ortiz (.436)
Average: Span/Willingham (.328)
Homers: Pedroia/Ross (3)
Homers: Willingham (5)
RBI: Ortiz (12)
RBI: Willingham (12)
Leaders on the mound
Leaders on the mound Wins: 4 tied (1)
Wins: Gray (2)
ERA: Doubront (3.94) | Atchison (1.86)
ERA: Hendriks(3.86) | Burnett (0.00)
K's: Doubront (20)
K's: Pavano (17)
Last time

The Red Sox took 2 out of 3 against the Twins in Minnesota in early August. All three games were close, where all were decided by 3 or less runs. David Ortiz put on a show in Minnesota, hitting 2 homers, and put up a .636 average (7/11) in the series. I wouldn't mind a repeat.

This time

Laser Show: David Ortiz

David Ortiz is on fire and like Boston, Minnesota pitching has not found stabilization. Ortiz has a chance to give Minnesota fans another show and have them walking home thinking of what could have been.
Pitch Around:  Josh Willingham

Josh Willingham started the season hot but has cooled down as of late. He still leads the team in average, homers, and RBI, so the threat is still there. It seems like Sox pitching has no problem helping opposing batters get back in their grove.

Don't Fall Behind: All 3 starters

I am sick of saying this, but the Sox batters cannot fall behind at all this series. Chances are, they will be playing from behind and they will need to score 15+ runs to secure a victory. Even that is not safe. As I said, Minnesota pitching is in a similar state as Red Sox' pitching, so the Sox have a great opportunity to end this losing crap.

How we see it goin' down

It may sound like I am writing off the Twins, but we are going to see two bad teams battle it out over the next few games. Right now, almost everyone is better than the Sox right now and I can't give them much credit. Until I see otherwise, I don't think the Sox have what it takes to win a series and the Twins will come away with two.

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