After sweeping the Rays this past weekend the Red Sox will travel to Cleveland to face former manager Terry Francona and the Indians. Most times when a former manager sees an old team there is a lot of hard feelings but for this one there will be many hugs and smiles between old players and Francona. Many of the Red Sox players may still have their mind on the events that happened Monday at the Boston Marathon. Red Sox third baseman, Will Middlebrooks tweeted Tuesday morning "I can't wait to put on my jersey today... I get to play for the strongest city out there. #BostonStrong." When asked about seeing Francona in Cleveland, Dustin Pedroia said, " It'll be good to see him. We're all so happy for him - after him having a year off and getting back into it. They (the Indians) seem like they have a good group of guys, a good team over there. It'll be fun competing against them."

 

Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians (3 games)

Game 1 will see Red Sox youngster Felix Doubront face former all-star Ubaldo Jiminez of the Indians. With the rain out last week Doubront has seen just one game this year so far so he has had a long break since playing over a week ago in Toronto. In that one game Felix struggle very much with his location as his pitches were so consistent batters just saw them coming. Even though he allowed 0 walks he still did just 5.0 innings with 3 runs allowed and 9 hits. Ever since Ubaldo Jiminez came to Cleveland he just has not been the same. Already he has 8 runs allowed in his first 2 games and last year he ended with 17 losses with a 5.40 ERA. Overall his stats between the Indians and the Rockies have been very much different so far. Game 2 will be Alfredo Aceves versus Indians ace Justin Masterson. Masterson has got himself off to a great start on the year and will give Sox batters a tough job on Wednesday. Like Buchholz, Masterson has a 0.41 ERA, 22.0 innings and 1 run allowed. Aceves on the other hand is not a fan favourite in Boston as he is covering for injured John Lackey who we hope to see back by his next start. Aceves has 3 home runs against him with a total of 7 runs allowed in his 9.1 innings of work. The Sox won't be sending their ace to the mound versus Masterson but hopefully he can do the same he did last start and maybe the Boston bats will have a good game and produce some runs to shake up Masterson. Game 3 will feature Red Sox ace Jon Lester who is 2-0 so far against Zach McAllister for Cleveland. Lester is coming off a no-decision against the Rays on Saturday versus David Price. Lester was very strong this game with just 1 run allowed to keep his ERA at 1.42 and just 3 walks over 19 innings of work. If Lester keeps up his work this should not be much of a problem for him to face the Indian's batters. Zach McAllister is 1-1 on the year and has yet to allow a walk or a home run in his 12.1 innings pitched. 

 

The Sox still await the return of John Lackey and David Ortiz hopefully by the end of the weekend series versus the Royals. Another pair to watch this week is Jackie Bradley Jr. who is being questioned whether he is MLB worthy along with shortstop Stephen Drew who hasn't hit much over his first five games. David Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia are also battling for the official starting spot of catcher and the only confirmation on this series so far is that Ross will take game 1. Lets hope for a clutch bullpen this series as well to back up our all-star starters! Watch tonight for a tribute to the bombings on the Boston Marathon at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Till next time... Go sox!

Predictions

Game 1: Felix Doubront vs. Ubaldo Jiminez Red Sox win 5-2

Game 2: Alfredo Aceves vs. Justin Masterson Indians win 4-2

Game 3: Jon Lester vs. Zach McAllister Red Sox win 5-1