Tonight the Red Sox welcome the Arizona Diamondbacks for a 3-game series. Let’s take a quick look at the match-up.
Boston is wrapping up a 6-game home stand before they embark on a very tough 10-game road trip. The Red Sox sit atop 1st place in the American League East with a 47-31 record. They hold a very tough 29-9 home record and are 6-4 in their last ten games.
Arizona is sporting a 39-37 record but are holding on to 1st place in the National League West. Like most teams, their road record is not very good at 15-22. They just got swept at Minnesota and are 4-6 in their last ten games.
Tonight is a great match-up with Beckett (7-4) vs. Haren (7-4).
Tuesday is Masterson (4-1) vs. Davis (2-3).
Wednesday they finish up with a classic Wakefield (4-5) vs. Johnson (4-5).
You’ll get to see a great match-up of first baseman as well. Youk vs. Conor Jackson. Jackson is batting .310 with a .400 OBP and .491 SLG. Youkilis with a monster walk-off last night, and two HRs for the day, seems to be coming out of a small slump.
Keep an eye on D-Backs third baseman, Mark Reynolds. He has some power with 16 HRs, 47 RBIs, and a .496 SLG. Arguably their best positional player.
J.D’s brother will be fielding at SS. He has 10 HRs so far this year (can you imagine - a little pop at SS - must be nice!)
This is a big series for the Red Sox. Tampa Bay will be in Florida for three while NY plays in Pittsburgh. We’d like to see a little more breathing room before the Red Sox find themselves in Tampa for 3 and then in NY for 4.
We hate to say it, but you may see the Red Sox in 3rd place come July 7th!