Let's look at the bright side. By the end of this series, the Red Sox will have already finished more than half their schedule against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Otherwise, the Sox have shown no ability to beat the Rays over the past two seasons, going 10-15 against them (plas 3-4 in the playoffs). This year has been more of the same: shut down twice by Matt Garza and somehow still baffled by Andy Sonnanstine, who was having a perfectly terrible year until he faced the Boston bats.
Tonight it's Brad Penny versus James Shields, which last time wound up being a pretty good matchup as both pitchers performed well. Both starters like to alternate their good and bad starts. Based on the following sequences, I predict a slugfest:
- Game scores, James Shields against Boston: 13-33-59-29-62
- Game scores, Brad Penny this season: 50-11-51-20-54
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