With the month of May over the AL East standings have gotten really tight. After two months of baseball the AL east is one of two divisions in baseball that has all it's teams with a better than .500 record. The Red Sox at 26-25 are in last place in the division, but only 3 games out of first place. The Blue Jays at 27-24 are only one game ahead of the Red Sox and only 2 games out of first place thanks to their 3 game sweep over the Baltimore Orioles this week. With each month that passes the games will grow more and more important because the division is so competitive. The Sox can't afford to let up now.
Today's pitching matchup feature two young RHP. Clay Buchholz (4-2, 7.19) is coming off perhaps his best start of the season, let's hope he builds on it. The Blue Jays will send Henderson Alvarez (3-4, 3.56) to the mound. It's interesting to compare the two starting pitchers era's with their W-L record. Alvarez has a very respectable era of 3.56 but a record below .500, and on the other hand Buchholz has a very solid 4-2 record but we know that he has not pitched well and his 7.19 era reflects that.
The hard artificial turf surface is going to have an impact on the lineup this weekend. Bobby V is on record as saying he doesn't want to use Adrian Gonzalez in RF in Toronto very much and he wants to rest Kevin Youkilis because he is coming off of a back injury. Middlebrooks had his off day yesterday so look for him to play in all 3 games, and he has been taking ground balls at SS just in case he is needed and Pedroia is not available. Here is an attempt at predicted tonight's lineup, which is getting harder each day with every injury.
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