There’s nothing to help an offense waking up from a slump than facing the Devil Rays — unless it’s Scott Kazmir on the mound. That, of course, is who’s on the bump tonight. Kazmir seems to always give the Sox fits, though he’s been fairly average this season (5-4, 4.26). He’s gone five straight starts without registering a game score of 50, but he’s come very close, seeming always to go 6 IP with 3 ER.
Daisuke Matsuzaka on the other hand has thrown five straight excellent starts since May 30 Cleveland meltdown. He was only 2-2 in June, but his ERA was below 1.50, and his last start was the best yet. Unfortunately, he received the ND in a 2-1 defeat, something we hope won’t happen tonight. But it’s just hard to expect a decent offensive output when David Ortiz is acting like he plays his home games in the Metrodome.