First Pitch: Monday (Gm. 1) 1:05, Monday (Gm. 2) 7:10, Tuesday 7:10, Wednesday 7:10
Arms: Monday (Gm. 1): Jeremy Guthrie, RHP (8-17, 4.22 ERA) vs. Kyle Weiland, RHP (0-2, 7.58 ERA)
Monday (Gm. 2): Brian Matusz, LHP (1-7, 9.84 ERA) vs. John Lackey, RHP (12-12, 6.19 ERA)
Tuesday: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (0-0, 6.00 ERA) vs. Erik Bedard, LHP (1-2, 3.66 ERA)
Wednesday: Tommy Hunter, RHP (3-3, 5.31 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett, RHP (13-5, 2.50 ERA)
Yard: Fenway Park Watch it: NESN Hear it: WEEI
These two teams last met in the middle of July for a 3-game series in Baltimore. The Red Sox beat the Orioles in a game 1 slug-fest by the score of 15-10. Reddick and Salty each hit a solo homer in that game, and 6 Red Sox batters record 2 or more hits. The match-up in game 2 of the series was Guthrie vs. Weiland, and Jeremy Guthrie got the only win for the Orioles in that series with a 6-2 victory. Salty hit his second homer in as many nights, it was of the 2-run variety and ended up to be the only 2 runs in that game for the Sox. The Red Sox got 5 2/3 of strong pitching from Andrew Miller in the final game of the series, as they blanked Baltimore 4-0. Ellsbury hit a solo home run and drove in 2 in that game to cap off a 6-for-12 series.
Laser Show: Jacoby Ellsbury
Ellsbury has been the most reliable and best hitter in this lineup over the last 3 months. As noted earlier, Ellsbury went 6-for-12 against the Orioles in their last meeting and has a career .371 batting average against the O's.
Pitch Around: Adam Jones & Mark Reynolds
Don't Fall Behind: Jeremy Guthrie
Guthrie got a win in his last outing against Boston and he is their best arm. Overall, he is not that good and if the offense can wake up, they can beat the crap out of him and do the same to the other 3 starters.
How we see it goin' down
We all know it is very hard to sweep a 4-game series, and it is harder when the series consists of a double-header. The Sox need a sweep in the worst way, but I don't think they have the mindset to do so. Boston will win 3 and get back on track to close out the final home series of the season.