First, the Red Sox can’t win, and then they can’t lose, and once again they can’t seem to snag a victory.
Boston is coming off a sweep at the hands of the mediocre Cleveland Indians and square off against a Detroit Tigers squad that has had their own struggles of their own. However, Detroit did demolish the Sox in their three-game set a couple of weeks ago, taking all three games handily.
That brings us to this weekend where the Red Sox will need some great starting-pitching performances to get back on track. Tonight we see the impressive youngster Rubby De La Rosa who was fantastic in his BoSox debut. Personally, everytime he takes the hill will be must-watch television in my opinion.
The big boys come out on Saturday night when two aces go toe-to-toe. Jon Lester and Max Scherzer take the bumps for their respective teams in what is sure to be a game with some playoff atmosphere. John Lackey and Anibal Sanchez finish the series in Detroit on Sunday in what should be another fine pitching matchup.
Really the question is whether or not the Boston lineup, that has had several different looks in the past two weeks, will be able to get many runs across the plate against the likes of Scherzer and Sanchez.
A great sign for the Sox would be getting on base early against those guys and continuing to get into opposing bullpens early. Then the next step would be knocking in some runs with runners on base, something that has been their biggest struggle so far this season. Hopefully, we don’t see the day where the club stops getting on base and we are already thinking about where Lester ends up next season.