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Game 48: Red Sox (26-21) @ Rays (32-14)

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Red Sox go for the sweep tonight, but it's not the best of matchups. The underwhelming John Lackey will take on Matt Garza, who has been dominant through the first 2 months of the season.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Matt Garza 5-2 9 9 1 0 0 0 64.2 50 18 17 5 20 54 2.37 1.08

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - John Lackey 4-3 9 9 0 0 0 0 55.0 60 32 31 7 26 34 5.07 1.56

If those numbers aren't exactly making you comfortable to begin with, how about this: the Rays batters average a .908 OPS again Lackey over his career, with only B.J. Upton and Dioner Navarro coming in under .900. Yikes! Too bad they're not in the lineup.


Lineup

Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays

05/26/10 7:10 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox Tampa Bay Rays
Marco Scutaro - SS Jason Bartlett - SS
Dustin Pedroia - 2B Carl Crawford - LF
David Ortiz - DH Ben Zobrist - RF
Kevin Youkilis - 1B Evan Longoria - 3B
Adrian Beltre - 3B John Jaso - C
Jeremy Hermida - LF Hank Blalock - DH
Jason Varitek - C Carlos Pena - 1B
Mike Cameron - CF Sean Rodriguez - CF
Darnell McDonald - RF Reid Brignac - 2B

Jaso, Rodriguez, and Brignac have no appearances against Lackey, but everyone else absolutely kills him. For the Red Sox, we see a return to the ugly replacement OF of...well, earlier this week, as Jacoby Ellsbury and J.D. Drew are both out.

But, hell, let's steal one from 'em! Lackey owes us a good start, and we owe the Rays a sweep in their house. Let's send those cowbell lovers home unhappy!