The Red Sox now appear to be an unstoppable force and the Patriots traded up in the first round, twice!! What in the world is going on here? Perhaps the Game 7 loss for the Bruins, as upsetting as it was, may have served as the turning point for the other Boston teams. Perhaps they fell on the proverbial sword so the other Boston teams could have a change of fate. The world works in funny ways I guess. (I don't really believe that these things have any kind of real connection to one another, but I guess that's why we are called maineiacs). My history as a New England sports fan has led me to thinking this way.
Today's Red Sox game takes us back to Chicago for the 2nd game of a 4 game series. The Red Sox look to keep their winning streak alive and push it to 5 wins in a row. Daniel Bard is on the hill for the BoSox and John Danks, the tough lefty is pitching for the ChiSox. Sox haven't faced a lefty in a while so the lineup will have a bit of a different look. Hopefully that doesn't mean the offense's production will slow down any. Danks is a good pitcher, probably their best starter so runs may be harder to come by tonight. It will be interesting to see how Bard reacts after a long layoff between starts and a brief return to the bullpen.
Here is my predicted lineup for today:
The manager is still experimenting with lineups. It appears as though he has settled on a lineup vs. RHP but against LHP it's still up in the air. Why not give Byrd a chance to hit second against lefties he's been good since he got here and it keeps the rest of the line up fairly in balance. The other option is sliding Pedroia back up to two and sliding everyone up one spot behind him with Byrd hitting 9th again. It will be interesting to see what he decides to do. Byrd has a .788 OPS vs. Lefties over the last three years and he's 3 for 9 against lefties so far this season.
There is no live chat tonight, but feel free to leave comments below. We can discuss such things as the Pats two first round picks (Loved both picks, Hightower is a STUD), the Sox winning streak and anything that comes up during tonight's game and the 2nd round of the NFL draft. Like, who you would like to see the Pats take in the 2nd round or should they trade down and get some picks in the later rounds?