The Red Sox (28-25) look to stay out of last place today with another victory over the Blue Jays (27-26). If the Blue Jays win the two teams will be tied for 4th place. Despite a sweep over the Orioles this week the Blue Jays appear to be heading in the opposite direction as the Sox. There are also signs that the traditional powers in the AL east are starting to rise to the top and the traditional pretenders are sliding back to the bottom of the standings. The month of June is sure to be an exciting one for the AL east!
RHP Daniel Bard (5-5, 4.56) pitches for the Red Sox today. 21 year old promising RHP Drew Hutchison (4-2, 4.84) goes to the hill for the Jays. Hutchison tops out at about 95 mph and he had 9 K's in seven shutout innings in his last outing. Bard only has one more strikeout than walk so far this season in 53.1 innings. He has 32 K's and his K/9 is way down from years past when he pitched out of the pen. I hope that he is able to start putting up some better ratios in the 6K to 2 BB range which isn't great but it would be an improvement. Hopefully he can do that without losing the efficiency he has pitched with so far. He has gotten a lot of groundball and flyball outs which is good and allows for more IP per start, but he can improve his K/BB ratio and continue to be efficient by simply throwing more strikes. His stuff is above average so he needs to stay in the strike zone.
Will Middlebrooks is not in the starting line up today as Bobby V continues to rotate players effectively. Here is today's lineup:
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