After taking two out of three from the Twins, the Sox head up to the Emerald City to take on the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners come into this series stumbling once again. Losers of three of their last four games (two of which were one run games), though taking the last game against Texas, could be out to build on that.
John Lackey gets the start tonight for the Sox. Lackey as of late has been pitching a lot better as of late, going 5-0 in his last six starts. Lackey's success against the Mariners is evident (14-10, 3.53 ERA 143 K's). Looks to build on keeping a team he's seen so many times before in check. Lackey's resurgence has raised eyebrows, but in a good way. His control has been better, his velocity is up, and he's actually confident going out to the mound. Saturday is Josh Beckett's turn in the rotation. Beckett who is coming off of a great outing against the Yankees giving up only one earned run against them shaving his ERA to 2.17, second only to Jered Wearver of the Angels. While Tim Wakefield should get the start for Sunday.
Adrian Gonzalez has some competition for MVP this season... from one of his own teammates, Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury who's silenced critics all year(including myself) is continually showing that he is a catalyst for this offense. Through his late game heroics, highlight grabs, and sound plays, has made even skeptics like myself take a second look at what he's doing on the field. "I don't think anyone but Jacoby can understand what that was like,'' Papelbon said. "But I know I always had his back.'' closer Jonathan Papelbon told ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes. He's reached the next level.
An interesting side note to this series, newly acquired starter Erik Bedard returns to Seattle but will not face his former team he was traded from two weeks ago. Bedard since coming over to the Sox has been good, only giving up five earned runs in his first two starts with Boston. With a shaky first inning against the Twins, Tuesday night giving up a 2 run lead in the first. Bedard would then settle down, giving up zero earned runs after that. Though only going five innings, he has already made an impact on this rotation.