Three games. Just three games, but I won't hesitate in saying it's make or break time for the Red Sox.
Tonight's game (7 p.m. start time) is arguably the worst pitching match-up for the Sox. The Sox will send out No. 5 starter Brad Penny, while the Yanks counter with their No. 3 Andy Pettite.
More stats and info after the jump.How the starters match up this season:
|2009 - Brad Penny||7-7||23||23||0||0||0||0||127.2||150||81||74||17||41||85||5.22||1.50|
|2009 - Andy Pettitte||9-6||24||24||0||0||0||0||147.1||152||74||67||16||54||113||4.09||1.40|
Unfortunately for the Sox, Pettitte has been really good on the road. He's 5-2 with a 3.17 ERA when traveling. Add on top of that he's killed the Sox so far this season (13 innings, 3 ER, 10 K), and the combination isn't very good.
Penny faced the Yankees once already this season and did well on June 11. It was his second best game of the year (6IP, 0ER, 6H, 5K), but to expect Penny to do that again would be hard considering he's recent struggles. He has given up 30 runs in his last eight starts.
Here's how the rest of the series breaks down:
3 game series vs Yankees @ Fenway Park
|Sat 08/22||4:10 PM EDT|
|Sun 08/23||8:05 PM EDT|
And while we're at it, the Wild Card standings, because no one wants to see what the AL East race looks like right now:
American League Wild Card Standings
|Tampa Bay||65||55||.541||4||Lost 1|
|Kansas City||47||73||.391||22||Lost 1|
(updated 8.21.2009 at 2:30 PM EDT)