Despite dropping three out of four games in Detroit over the weekend, the Red Sox begin their eight game homestand in first place by two and half games and welcome the surprising Colorado Rockies to Fenway Park for a brief two game series.
This series will mark the first both teams have faced each other in Boston since Game 1 and 2 of the 2007 World Series, in which the Red Sox won both games and outscored Colorado 15-2.
The Red Sox starting pitching will be key in this series as both Ryan Dempster and John Lackey will face the fourth best offense in the major leagues and are tied for second in majors in hits. On the other hand, Boston’s offense continues to surge as the team has moved from being the third best offense earlier this month to number one in all of baseball.
Boston will catch a break this series as Rockies all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who is currently on the disabled list with a fractured rib.
Starting pitching matchups:
6/25 7:10 pm EST Juan Nicasio (4-3 4.78 ERA vs.) Ryan Dempster ( 4-8 4.23 ERA)
6/26 4:05 pm EST Roy Oswalt (0-1 7.20 ERA) vs. John Lackey (4-5 3.03 ERA)
All Time Series at Fenway: Since interleague began in 1997, Colorado has visited Fenway Park only twice during the regular season. First matchup came June 10-12, 2002 and then on June 12-14, 2007. Boston is 3-3 all time in the regular season at home vs. Rockies and 2-0 in postseason play.
Red Sox hitters’ success vs. Rockies : There have been several Red Sox players that have feasted off Colorado hitting. In 20 career games against them, Jonny Gomes has hit .303 with eight home runs and 17 RBIs and Dustin Pedroia has a .381 average in five career games against the Rockies with three home runs and five RBIs.
Rockies road woes: The Rockies have struggled on the road this season going only 16-21 but have dropped five of their first seven on their current nine game roadtrip.
Upcoming homestand breakdown: With the start of an eight game homestand on Tuesday, it will mark the third longest homestand of season behind the 10 game one in mid-April and a nine game one during the final homestand of the 2013 season.