On Monday, I said this series against the Orioles was quite important. The bad news is that they're facing a very tough game in this important series today. The good news is that by winning last night they've already done what they needed to do. Anything that comes tonight is just a bonus.
So if this group of Sox can pull off a win tonight, then we should count ourselves lucky:
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
- Kevin Youkilis, 3B
- David Ortiz, DH
- Jed Lowrie, SS
- Mike Cameron, RF
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
- Darnell McDonald, LF
The good news is that, while Tim Wakefield isn't exactly the best of options, he does have his days. And those days tend to result in very few runs.
#49 / Pitcher / Boston Red Sox
Aug 02, 1966
|2011 - Tim Wakefield||0-1||11||2||0||0||0||0||23.1||24||17||14||4||8||11||5.40||1.37|
Yeah, sure, he also has his blowups, but given what Zach Britton did to the Sox the last time he faced them, there might not be much of a difference between 2 runs and 6 runs tonight.
#53 / Pitcher / Baltimore Orioles
Dec 22, 1987
|2011 - Zach Britton||5-2||9||8||0||0||0||0||52.0||37||14||14||4||16||29||2.42||1.02|
Then again, unless he goes nine, after last night's performance the Orioles can't be feeling safe with their pen in the game.
Let's make it five straight and two over going into the best part of our rotation. Go Sox!