Series Preview : Red Sox host Tampa Bay

The Red Sox have an off day today, before beginning a three game series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park.

This has been a rocky week for the Red Sox after they admitted to stealing signs during the Yankees’ series.

Hanley Ramirez walked off in the 19th inning the other night, followed by a gem from Doug Fister, but the question remains. Will the four game lead over the Yankees stand?

The answer to that question is yes it should. This Red Sox team should win the division. The pitchers for this weekend are Drew Pomeranz, who is 2-1 in his last three starts. He has a 3.78 ERA, and 17 strikeouts. Despite losing for the first time in nearly two months, Drew will look to bounce back to begin a huge divisional series.

Chris Sale goes Saturday –  he has struggled in his last three starts. He’s 1-2 with a 5.65 ERA, and 20 strikeouts. Despite his recent struggles, Sale has been exceptional against the Rays this season and that should be no different this weekend.

Lastly, Rick Porcello who has completely sucked this year. It’s almost like last year was a fluke. In his last three starts he’s 1-2 with a 6.48 ERA, and 14 strikeouts. It is clear that in order to have sustained success, he must keep the ball in the ballpark.

Around the League:

The New York Yankees will travel to Texas, 3.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox. As the Red Sox have a favorable matchup, it is critical that they put additional distance between themselves and their hated rivals.

The Houston Astros maintain the #1 seed in the American League, as it stands. They hold a three game lead over the Cleveland Indians – but Red Sox fans are hopeful that these two teams will quickly flip-flop.

Final Thoughts:

After this scandal with electronics and the Apple watch, I don’t think there is any way John Farrell keeps his job next year. You must know what is going on within your dugout. It has the feel of 2011 with Terry Francona.  Manager John feels like he last lost a lot of control over this team.

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