Coming off a frustrating weekend that saw that Red Sox drop two out of three from the Kansas City Royals, the Sox look to rebound with an upcoming three game series with the Oakland Athletics beginning on Monday night.
Boston struggled last season vs. the Athletics by going only 1-8 against them, which included the Red Sox dropping two out of three at Fenway Park last April 30-May 2. The only bright spot for Boston last season against Oakland was when David Ortiz hit his 400th career homerun against Monday’s starter A.J. Griffin last July 4.
Going into this series, the Red Sox have the third best ERA in baseball with a 2.83 ERA, while the Athletics are 13 with a 3.84 ERA.
One Red Sox hitter to watch out for in this series is Dustin Pedroia, who hit .364 (12 for 33) in eight games vs. Oakland last season. Despite missing most of the second half of the season with a right achilles injury, Ortiz still managed to hit .333 with three homeruns in six games against the Athletics.
Pitching matchups in the series
Monday 4/22 6:35 pm – A.J. Griffin (2-0 2.25 ERA) vs. Felix Doubront (1-0 4.50 ERA)
Tuesday 4/23 6:35 pm – Bartolo Colon (2-0 3.32 ERA) vs. Alfredo Aceves (1-0 6.28 ERA)
Wednesday 4/24 4:05 pm – Brett Anderson (1-3 5.95 ERA) vs. Jon Lester (3-0 1.73 ERA)
Notes: The Athletics will be without OF Yoenis Cespedes who is on the 15-Day DL since April 13 with a strained muscle in his left hand. The Red Sox will need to handle old friend Josh Reddick, who had three homeruns and 10 RBIs in nine games vs. Boston last season. If Jon Lester beats the A's on Wednesday afternoon, he will pass Bruce Hurst and Dennis Eckersley for 18th all time in team history in wins with 89.
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