After wasting a golden opportunity to make up some ground in the AL East during their recent West Coast trip, the Red Sox made some small gains this past weekend while in New York.
Heading into the weekend I had a feeling the Sox would pick up some ground. However, after Friday night's thrashing I wasn't feeling so confident in my predictions. Pedroia's back to back three hit games are making me more confident that he is about to get his usual hot for the summertime. The fact that Mookie Betts has made the transition to the big leagues is also something that makes me feel like finally the Red Sox brass are making some good decisions regarding personnel. Although he did manage to get two hits over the weekend and to go along with one RBI, Stephen Drew is still killing me. I mean it's pretty hard to go 2 for 11 and see your batting average go up, yet he still managed to do that. In the past 10 games he is batting .056......... .wow.
If you look at the AL East standings from after Friday night's loss to today, you can see that the Red Sox have picked up 2 games on everyone above them. Looking at this week's schedule, there appears to be a good opportunity for the Red Sox to continue to make up ground before the All-Star Break. League leading Toronto gets to face the Brewers at home before heading west to play Oakland, while the Orioles get to face the Rangers before heading to Fenway this weekend. Tonight the Red Sox welcome back Theo and the struggling Chicago Cubs before they get to go head-to-head against the Orioles. If the Red Sox are going to gain some ground they will need to get a little help from their buddies in Tampa Bay as they will be In New York for a series before the Yankees take off for a four game stint in Minnesota.
Jake Peavy will be going against Jake Arrieta tonight. Unfortunately for Peavy, Arrieta has been pitching quite well for the Cubs. Hopefully, the Red Sox history against Arrieta will be an indication of the run support Peavy will get tonight. The team is a collective 22 for 54 with 8 walks and 7 strikeouts against Arrieta. Of the 22 hits, 11 have gone for extra bases (7 hr). Peavy will need to solve Luis Valbuena (6 for 13) to put himself in position for his 2nd win of the season.
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