Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 10/20/14
First Pitch: Friday 2:20, Saturday 7:15, Sunday 8:00
Arms: Friday: Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP (0-1, 7.20 ERA) vs. Ryan Dempster, RHP (2-3, 2.31 ERA) Saturday: Jon Lester, LHP (3-4, 4.57 ERA) vs. Jeff Samardzija, RHP (5-4, 3.96 ERA) Sunday: Josh Beckett, RHP (4-7, 4.14 ERA) vs. Paul Maholm, LHP (4-5, 4.91 ERA)
                     Yard: Wrigley Field   Watch it:  NESN-Fri./ FOX-Sat./ESPN-Sun.  Hear it:  WEEI The Matchup   Record: 31-32 (T-Last AL East) Record: 21-42 (Last NL Central) On road: 17-13
At home: 13-17
Streak: Won 2
Streak: Lost 2
    Leaders at the plate
 Leaders at the plate
Average: Podsednik (.373)
Average: LaHair (.303)
Homers: Ortiz (15)
Homers: LaHair/Soriano (12)
RBI: Ortiz (41)
RBI: Soriano (41)
Leaders on the mound
Leaders on the mound Wins: Buchholz/Doubront (7)
Wins: Samardzija (6)
ERA: Beckett (4.14) | Atchison (1.32)
ERA: Dempster (2.31) | Corpas (1.80)
K's: Doubront (81)
K's: Samardzija (72)
Last time The Red Sox took 2-of-3 from the Cubs at Fenway last May. Salty homered in each of the victories, but took a back seat to Gonzo's performance. Adrian Gonzalez went 11-for-15 in the series, with a double and 4 RBI, with all 4 RBI coming in game 1. Overall, the Sox had a very good offensive series. This time Laser Show: David Ortiz
Big Papi seems to be the only sure thing for the Red Sox right now. I guess we can put Podsednik in there, but Ortiz's can really break this series open with his power.
Pitch Around: Alfonso Soriano

Now a 36-year-old outfield, Alfonso Soriano is not as intimidating as he used to be. But, he still can hit for some pretty good power. Soriano has a career .297 average against the Sox with 12 homers and 22 stolen bases. He was a terror on the base paths as a member of the Yankees, and it always seemed to kill the Red Sox. I have a bad feeling about Soriano at the plate in this series.
Don't Fall Behind: Ryan Dempster His record does not reflect how well he is pitching this season. He hasn't received the run support he deserved and the Red Sox cannot allow him to keep the score down. The Sox will need to attack early with Dice-K on the mound, because we know he won't keep the Cubs off of the scoreboard. How we see it goin' down The Cubs suck and the Red Sox should have the upper hand. I would say sweep, but Dice-K squashes all thoughts of that. The Red Sox will win another series, with a probable loss today and winning the next 2.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Memorabilia dealer at center of Todd Gurley scandal fired

Colt McCoy on learning he was starting ‘it’s about f—ing time’

Four Questions for Game 3 of the World Series

Percy Harvin not planning on changing

Ricky Williams: People are let down when I turn down weed

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Randall Cobb: Contract situation played role in slow start

Notre Dame WR faces discipline if he hooked up with porn star?

PGA president calls Ian Poulter ‘lil girl’ for Nick Faldo comments

Belichick declines to address Revis' reported tardiness

Texas mayor delays Halloween for Friday night football game

C-USA hired PR firm to help Marshall’s playoff chances

WATCH: American flag rips during Game 3 national anthem

WATCH: Tony Parker draws foul by simply yelling 'hey'

Video: Tom Izzo takes the stage with KISS on Midnight Madness

Eight NFL records that won’t be broken for a long time

Big trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks, possibly more

Blazers, Seahawks owner Paul Allen gives $100M to fight ebola

'FIFA 15' glitch turns goalie into headless giant with no arms

WATCH: HBO releases trailer of 'The Offseason: Kevin Durant'

Broncos corner snags INT, then takes pregnant wife to hospital

Gurley dressed up as a pirate for Halloween, yelled, 'Free me'

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Nick Saban pens touching letter after high school coach dies

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

NBA Replay Center debuts next week

World Series win = Giants dynasty?

Reliving the worst college football game of the last 10 years

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.