Wednesday, May 16, 2012

5/16 Game 1 at Tampa Bay

The Red Sox (17-19) square off against the Tampa Bay Rays (23-14) tonight at Tropicana Field in game 1 of their brief two game series.  RHP Clay Buchholz (4-1, 8.31) that's right take a look at those stats again. Buchholz is 4-1 with a 8.31 era, just goes to show how flawed the win stat is for SP's.  RHP Jeremy Hellickson (3-0, 2.95) pitches for the Rays.  With Dice K looming it is possible (only possible) that someone will be removed from the rotation in the coming weeks.  Despite a better start last time out I believe that Buchholz still has a ways to go to prove that he is right.  Out of the 5 starters I believe that he is the biggest question mark at this time.  A great start tonight, 7 IP and <3 runs would go a long way.

The lineup should be similar to the last 4 games vs. RH starting pitchers.  With Nava, Sweeney and Ross in the OF.  Salty at C and the IF remaining the same.  Here is a projected order:

Sweeney CF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Gonzalez 1B
Middlebrooks 3B
Nava LF
Ross RF
Salty C
Aviles SS

Join us tonight at 7pm for a live chat!!!

2 comments:

  1. Here is tonight's actual lineup
    Sweeney CF
    Pedroia 2B
    Ortiz DH
    Gonzalez 1B
    Middlebrooks 3B
    Salty C
    Ross RF
    Nava LF
    Aviles SS

    Buchholz SP

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  2. Andrew Bailey got the go ahead to start throwing from his doctor. What does this mean for his time table? Does he need 2,4,6 weeks or more to get ready to pitch in a major league game?

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