Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Series Preview: Detroit Tigers (22-19, 5GB) vs. Boston Red Sox (21-20, 2.5 GB)

Series Preview: Detroit Tigers (22-19, 5GB) vs. Boston Red Sox (21-20, 2.5 GB)
Boston comes in to the series pretty hot sweeping their rival the Yankees over the weekend and beating Baltimore Monday before suffering the same fate as the Tigers yesterday with a rain out.  Detroit seems to be unlucky in this series catching Boston’s two hottest pitchers in Beckett and Bucholz and missing the guys who were hit hard in their last outing.  Boston, still remains in the negative for run differential at -5 but that has changed considerably from where they started out.  The Sox have won 7 of their last 10 and are 12-9 at home.

Detroit had their win streak halted at 7 dropping Monday’s game to Toronto when Joaquin Benoit was hit hard yet again giving the lead to Toronto after Max Scherzer threw another gem.  For the first time the Tigers offense seemed to sputter when they had the bases juiced in the first but could only manage a Miggy sack fly.  Detroit decided to skip Porcello’s start and instead will go with Phil Coke tonight and JV against Beckett tomorrow.

Pitching Matchups @ Fenway Park
Wednesday/7:10p – Phil Coke (1-5, 4.54 ERA) vs. Clay Bucholz (4-3, 3.94 ERA)
Thursday/7:10p – Justin Verlander (4-3, 2.91 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett (3-1, 1.75 ERA)
Season Series: Have Not Played Yet

Fenway Park

3 Who Are Hot (Boston/Last 7 Days)
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B - AGon is one of the hottest hitter in the Majors right now batting .350 over the last week (5 games) hitting 3 homers and knocking 9.
Josh Beckett, SP – Picked up a win in his last game, throwing 6 scoreless against the Yankees, giving up 4 hits and striking out 9.  The only knock was his pitch count was 105 but the end of the 6th.
Clay Bucholz, SP – Allowed 2 runs in 7 innings of work earning the win and striking out 7 Yankee hitters

3 Who Are Not (Well 1)
Carl Crawford, OF – Continues to struggle in Boston, hitting just .190 in the past week with the same OBP and 1 RBI
Detroit is missing the other 3 starters who struggled their last time out.

3 Who Are Hot (Detroit, carry over from Toronto series since it was only 1 game)
Victor Martinez, DH/C – Was watching the first inning of the game Saturday and just had to laugh when he came up with runners on.  You knew he’d get a hit!  With the game being rained out Sunday, Martinez hit .579 in 5 games with a .652 OBP, 2 home runs, and 11 RBI.
Jhonny Perallta, SS – Perallta remained hot as well over the weekend hitting .538 over the last 7 days and carrying a .647 OBP all while hitting 3 homers and driving in 6.
Justin Verlander, SP – Followed up his no-hitter with a two-hitter allowing a run in 8 innings and striking out 7.

3 Who Are Not (Detroit)
Brandon Inge, 3B – Dirty continues to struggle hitting just .125 with 4 k’s
Ryan Raburn, 2B/OF – Raburn like Inge is in a funk and played just 3 of the last 5 games where he hit .077 striking out 3 times and getting just 1 hit.
Alex Avila, C – Avila cooled off after quite a run and hit just .143 in the last week, although he did have a .294 OBP

Prediction:  Boston sweeps Detroit
Next Series: 3 @ Pittsburgh Pirates

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