The Boston Red Sox are set to square-off in a day-night doubleheader opposite the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park Saturday. Heavy rains swept through the area on Independence Day, eliminating any chance of matinee baseball.
Boston had a scheduled off day Thursday. They should be plenty rested and raring to go after Friday’s wash out.
With their top two pitchers set to work against division rival Baltimore, the Sox are presented with a prime opportunity to make up ground in American League East standings.
Gonzalez has been scuffling since returning from the D.L. on June 17. In his last three starts, opposing batters are hitting .385 against him. Lester surely holds the advantage in the match-up.
Jimemez’s odds against Lackey don’t look any better. He has accumulated an astronomical 9.31 ERA in six career starts against Boston. Lackey is 5-2 at Fenway this season.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will return from suspension following the first game.