Oakland Athletics at Boston Red Sox (3 games)

Hey out there Sox fans! My apologies on not having the last series preview out as I have been busy and my hope for a chance to post it was shattered by technically difficulties. This week the Red Sox will play against Oakland for a 3 game set. After losing back-to-back in the double header on Sunday the Sox hope to bounce back with a couple of wins in this series versus a team that also has had a great start to the season. Ortiz is back and that has shown in his first three games versus the Royals as he went 5 for 8 in his first series. Both teams come into play with a few on the DL but for the most part will see their starters in the games. Game 1 will see Felix Doubront who has had a good start but will hopefully be able to go more than 5.0 innings. To face him for the Athletics is A.J. Griffin who is known to give up a lot of fly balls. With the short distance to the green monster... we may see a few fly over. Hopefully one for Napoli! To reflect on an article I wrote a while back I said 1 key thing for the Sox to be the Sox again is to get back to stealing bases and they have shown that so far including 2 stolen bases in last night's game. Game 2 of the series will see Alfredo Aceves who will most likely see his final start being in for the injured John Lackey face off against Bartolo Colon. Aceves has done what he has been told through his first two starts in the beginning but as usual the bullpen will most likely need to back him up. I am sure Farrell realizes by now that Aceves is not a long distance pitcher so expect to see him slow down by the 5th or 6th inning. Colon has been very well at throwing strikes for the past while now and limiting his walks which is not something the Sox have been seeing much from any opposing pitcher this year. He has started the year 3-0 with just no walks and 7 runs in 19.0 innings pitched. Farrell's mistakes have been few but hopefully he knows when Aceves' time is up for this game so he does not make another one like his last start. Finally, game 3 with see Boston's ace Jon Lester take the mound against Brett Anderson. If you love a good pitching match-up this is the game for you. Anderson went just 1 inning last game as he came off with a sprained ankle but they say he is ready for this start. Assuming he is, Anderson should give Lester a run for his money. To make up for the lack of walks by Colon, Anderson has 11 through his 19.2 innings of work so that will be a struggle for him.  Lester has started the season 2-0 including a no decision and has kept his ERA at 1.73 which is a career best start for Jonathan. For this series games will be very close so hopefully Andrew Bailey and the Sox bullpen can continue to keep it close in the later innings. Lately, Mike Napoli has been the all-star of the Red Sox so fans sure hope he will continue that through this series. Both teams are off to a great start which will hopefully lead to a great series in the end but lets all pray the Sox come out with one on top.

 

Predictions:

Game 1: Red Sox win 6-4

Game 2: Athletics win 4-2

Game 3: Red Sox win 7-3