Here’s all you need to know:
- Radhames Liz, though he’s got a cool name, has an ERA just under 7 for the second consecutive year.
- Liz in two starts against Boston has an ERA over 16.
- Jon Lester, though he’s got a boring name that allows him to be mocked mercilessly as being "Mr. Lester," is actually quite good — with an ERA below 3.50.
- Lester has pretty well owned the Orioles (and the Yankees and the Rays) this season (2.88 ERA in four starts) and in his career (2.93 in seven starts).
This is a nice matchup for the Sox — not least because with my head pretty much set to explode thanks to the unanticipated Rays-Yanks matchup tonight, I couldn’t afford to actually have a loss make the result of that game actually matter even more than it already does.
So don’t screw this up, Sox. Thanks.