Two games into this interleague road trip, the Red Sox are right where they started: six games below .500. I don’t think I need to explain the importance of winning on the road (I think we’ll probably be looking at that a little more in depth later on). So far, the Sox have wasted a strong performance by Justin Masterson, then couldn’t hold on to give Tim Wakefield a well-deserved win. At least the Sox won, though I don’t think I’m alone in calling for a change in the setup role (Craig Hansen, anyone?).
Oddly enough, coming into this series, I could easily have seen the Sox losing the first two games anyway. Masterson v. Aaron Harang? Wakefield vs. Edinson Volquez? Not exactly the best matchups. Yet the Sox have fared pretty well, considering. Today, it’s Josh Beckett against Homer Bailey, making his third start since rejoining the bigs. Bailey used to be a "can’t-miss" prospect. Now he’s something less than that after struggling in his 2007 cup o’ tea and posting less-than-stellar numbers in the minors this year. In his two previous starts, he was rocked by the Phillies and the Cardinals.
Struggling pitcher the Red Sox have never seen before? Sounds like the Sox will be lucky to score two runs in support of Beckett, who is still seeking some sort of consistency in this, a season when the Cy Young could have been his for the taking.
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- Jacoby Ellsbury, LF, .282/.368/.394, 103 OPS+
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B, .262/.313/.365, 80
- J.D. Drew, RF, .320/.422/.562, 160
- Mike Lowell, 3B, .273/.327/.500, 117
- Kevin Youkilis, 1B, .307/.379/.537, 141
- Jason Varitek, C, .257/.327/.437, 101
- Coco Crisp, CF, .252/.295/.380, 79
- Julio Lugo, SS, .268/.354/.314, 80
- Josh Beckett, SP, .151/.182/.273, 15 (career)
- Jay Bruce, CF, .361/.452/.597, 169
- Jolbert Cabrera, SS, .333/.333/.333, 74
- Ken Griffey Jr., RF, .248/.361/.397, 97
- Brandon Phillips, 2B, .268/.315/.498, 107
- Adam Dunn, LF, .233/.401/.534, 140
- Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, .248/.332/.457, 102
- Joey Votto, 1B, .266/.340/.477, 109
- Dave Ross, C, .231/.351/.323, 76
- Homer Bailey, SP, .214/.214/.286, 27 (career)