No individual series in baseball, particularly one that takes place prior to the All-Star break, means all that much. It's too random of a sport to get worked up over any individual three-game stretch. With that being said, this feels like something of a statement series for the Red Sox, or at least as much of a statement series as there can possibly be at this point in the year. They are on the road facing the best team in baseball, though they are lucky to be facing the Astros at a time in which they are without their top two pitchers. Still, this a huge test for the Red Sox, and especially for their pitchers. Drew Pomeranz is up first, and hopefully the Red Sox offense will at least be able to spot him a few runs before he gets started. Come discuss this or anything else.