After a game that took 5 hours and 17 minutes, 504 pitches and left 26 runners on base, the Red Sox and White Sox will battle each other for the third night in a row. With an expected game time temperature of 56 degrees, the Red Sox will try to get their second win of the day.
Tonight's game will be a matchup of hard-throwing lefties Jon Lester and Chris Sale. Although he doesn't have the wins to show it, Lester has started the season on a good note. After three starts he has a 2.57 ERA, 20 strikeouts and a 1-2 record. His shorted start was against the Yankees where he lasted 6 2/3 innings. For someone wanting to extend his contract, he is definitely pitching well. Of course, I don't think the price tag he is supposedly looking for is realistic. Nevertheless, Lester is on the mound tonight and will hopefully continue with his recent success. The Chicago players who have had success against Lester in the past are Paul Konerko and Dayan Viciedo. Konerko has gone 10 for 25 with 3 doubles and 3 homeruns while Viciedo has gone 5 for 11 with 2 extra base hits.
Sale's ERA of 2.66 is similar to Lester's, however he is a perfect 3-0 to start the season. Sale's shortest outing came in his last start against Cleveland when he threw 105 pitches to get through the 5th. The Red Sox have seen very little of Sale and are a combined 3 for 25 with 3 walks.
Once again the Red Sox will be trying to get their bats going. Hitting leadoff last night, Dustin Pedroia started getting in the groove after have a rough start to the season and an injury scare. AJ Pierzynski, on the other hand, was ice cold and went 0-6. Of course he wasn't the only 0-6 player last night, as Jose Abreu did the same for the White Sox.
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4/28/2014 12:36:00 am
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