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Red Sox Are On The Move

Posted By Brian Joyce On May 23 2011 @ 12:31 pm In Boston Red Sox | No Comments

The 2-10 start is officially in the rear view mirror. Boston just finished a 5-1 homestand. Now they hit the road and start up a three game series along the shores of Lake Erie starting tonight and will end on Wednesday afternoon.  Remember the last time Boston played in Cleveland? They got swept in a three game series ( were outscored 12-5) and left the city along the lake at 0-6. The lasting image of that series back in early April was pinch runner Darnell McDonald slipping past second base. That is how the game ended and the series ended. The Red Sox were finding various ways to lose at that stage of the season.  The pitching was inconsistent and nobody was hitting.  The lineup was constantly changing because Terry Francona was trying to find the right mix.  Francona still has to figure out where to hit Carl Crawford in this lineup. Personally, I think he’ll end up hitting sixth. When Crawford signed with Boston, they had envisioned him hitting third in this lineup. I’ve always felt your best hitter should hit third and that is clearly Adrian Gonzalez.

The Red Sox are currently in third place but are only percentage points out of first place. Everyone knows all about Boston’s slow start but Tampa Bay (0-6 start as well) and the Yankees in the month of May are  currently 10-11. Sloppy play by both teams have kept the Red Sox alive in the division.  Something New York and Tampa Bay could regret later in the season.

Boston has a tough road ahead, starting tonight in Cleveland.  The Tribe have the best record in the game. How many of you thought the Tribe would be contending in 2011? Cleveland is 18-4 at home and coming off a sweep of the Reds. It reminds me of the days when the Indians called Jacobs Field home, they would smother everyone at home.  The Indians also have the largest run differential in the game at +55. Who say’s you need a high payroll to win in baseball. Obviously, they haven’t looked at the Tribe’s payroll. It is anyone’s guess if the Tribe will continue to play at such a high level, but so far they are proving a lot of people wrong, including me.

Boston has this series set-up just the way the way they want it. Clay Buchholz going against his former teammate Justin Masterson (I wish they never traded him) and then Josh Beckett and his sub 2.00 ERA on Tuesday night. Jon Lester and his team leading six wins on the mound on Wednesday afternoon to wrap up this series. I’m expecting Boston to take two out of three from Cleveland.  The Red Sox team that showed up in April, is totally different from the team that will arrive for this three game series.

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