The Red Sox could really use another series win, and with the Orioles coming into town, they should have a good shot at one. Coming into the series at 2-14--the worst record in baseball--the Orioles may be just what this Sox team needs to get going.
04/23/10 7:10 PM EDT
|Baltimore Orioles||Boston Red Sox|
|Lou Montanez - LF||Marco Scutaro - SS|
|Adam Jones - CF||J.D. Drew - RF|
|Nick Markakis - RF||Dustin Pedroia - 2B|
|Miguel Tejada - 3B||Kevin Youkilis - 1B|
|Ty Wigginton - 2B||Victor Martinez - C|
|Matt Wieters - C||David Ortiz - DH|
|Nolan Reimold - DH||Adrian Beltre - 3B|
|Garrett Atkins - 1B||Jeremy Hermida - LF|
|Cesar Izturis - SS||Josh Reddick - CF|
The Sox get back to a more normal looking lineup against the right handed Guthrie. Can I get a "No Bill Hall!" Drew and Pedroia stay in their new spots which has worked out better for Drew (.176/.300/.353) than Pedroia (.111/.200/.167). The much maligned Ortiz and Beltre will try to get back on track in the 6 and 7 spots respectively. Guthrie was one of the pitchers Ortiz has killed throughout his career, including 2008 and 2009. Beltre, on the other hand, has barely managed anything off him, with a career .261 OPS against Guthrie in 20 at bats.
The O's come into the game with the 2nd worst OBP in the league at .285, and looking at that lineup it's no real surprise. Atkins, Izturis, and Montanez are either no longer have or never have had Major League level bats. Miguel Tejada's 2010 is off to a slow start, Nick Markakis has struggled to replicate the offensive numbers he managed in 2007 and 2008, and Adam Jones and Matt Wieters are still finding their ways in the MLB. Surprisingly, the one Oriole who has been hitting the ball is Ty Wigginton who has 5 home runs in the early going.
|2010 - Jon Lester||0-2||3||3||0||0||0||0||16.0||21||15||15||2||9||14||8.44||1.88|
There's no sugarcoating the start of Lester's season: It's been downright awful. But if there's one team that can cure what ails him, it's the Orioles. Lester has dominated the Birds over his career with a 10-0 record in 12 starts on the back of a 2.39 ERA. If Lester is going to turn it around and start performing like the ace we expected, now's the time.
|2010 - Jeremy Guthrie||0-2||3||3||0||0||0||0||20.0||22||8||7||1||3||14||3.15||1.25|
Guthrie has had a good start to his season, regardless of his record. After struggling with the longball last year (35 in 200 innings) thanks to a greatly increased fly ball rate at 46.5%, Guthrie has managed to keep the ball down in the zone, bringing his numbers back down to his career levels and only allowing 1 home run so far this season. Normally the Sox offense would be a tough task, but with this group struggling as they are, it might not be too much for Guthrie to handle.