Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 5/7/12

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

Arms: Monday: Felix Doubront, LHP (1-1, 5.19 ERA) vs. Jonathan Sanchez, LHP (1-1, 5.24 ERA)

Tuesday: Daniel Bard, RHP (2-3, 4.38 ERA) vs. Danny Duffy, LHP (2-2, 3.57 ERA)

Wednesday: Jon Lester, LHP (1-2, 4.62 ERA) vs. Bruce Chen, LHP (0-4, 4.98 ERA)

                                     Yard: Kauffman Stadium   Watch it:  NESN  Hear it:  WEEI The Matchup


Record: 11-16 (Last AL East) Record: 9-18 (4th AL Central) On road: 7-6
At home: 2-12
Streak: Lost 5
Streak: Lost 1
    Leaders at the plate
 Leaders at the plate
Average: Sweeney (.368)
Average: Moustakas (.305)
Homers: Ortiz (6)
Homers: Butler/Hosmer (5)
RBI: Ortiz (22)
RBI: Butler (20)
Leaders on the mound
Leaders on the mound Wins: Buchholz (3)
Wins: Duffy/Hochevar (2)
ERA: Bard (4.38) | Albers (1.29)
ERA: Duffy (3.57) | Broxton (1.86)
K's: Doubront (30)
K's: Duffy (26)
Last time

The Red Sox won 3-for-4 in Kansas City in mid-August.No one had a huge series, but there were some great single game performances. Pedey went 3-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI in game 1. Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI in game 2. Carl Crawford went 2-for-4 with an RBI in game 3. Darnell McDonald closed out the series going 3-for-5 with a solo homer. Of course none of that matters, and a series win this season will be huge for the Sox.

This time

Laser Show: David Ortiz

I'm going off of Ortiz's ability to hit lefties. I like his chances against the southpaws in this series. Ortiz has not done well against Chen in his career and is 0-for-1 against Sanchez. He is 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles against Duffy to even out the score. This is a different David Ortiz and I think he will be thrilled to face left-handed pitching.
Pitch Around: Mike Moustakas

Moustakas is swinging the best bat for the Royals thus far. 14 of his 29 hits have been extra-base hits, which will make for an interesting time for Sox pitching.

Don't Fall Behind: Danny Duffy

The better of the 3 pitchers going for the Royals in this series. Duffy will have the Sox guessing more than Chen or Sanchez, but could crack if the Sox can make him work.

How we see it goin' down

The Royals suck at home and the Sox are much better on the road. Boston should have the upper hand but will not sweep. The Sox will get a much needed series win with a tough loss mixed in.

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