In what was one their most frustrating series of the season in Kansas City dropping three out of four to the Royals, the Boston Red Sox look to regroup as the finish up this long roadtrip in Toronto beginning on Tuesday night.
Boston faced some tough Royals pitching over the weekend and the offense went cold at times in the series. With Toronto struggling with their starting pitching, the Red Sox could have better success this time around. The Blue Jays have the second worse pitching in the majors only behind the Houston Astros for the first in all of baseball.
One important thing to look for in this series is third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who returned to the majors this weekend after almost a two month stay in Triple-A Pawtucket. In his two games back with Boston, Middlebrooks gone 3 for 7 with two RBIs and two runs scored and could continue to get more playing time going forward if his offensive approach has come back to life.
Middlebrooks has also killed Blue Jays pitching this year going 12 for 37 with 10 extra base hits including four homeruns and six doubles.
The Red Sox will need to get better starting pitching this series if they want to continue to build on their three game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays. Both Ryan Dempster and Jake Peavy both struggled in their starts last week and it will be impetrative for them to turn it around for the Red Sox.
Pitching Matchups for Series:
8/13 Ryan Dempster (6-8 4.27 ERA) vs. Todd Redmond (1-1 4.22 ERA) 7:07 pm
8/14 Jon Lester (10-7 4.37 ERA) vs. Josh Johnson (2-8 6.20 ERA) 7:07 pm
8/15 Jake Peavy (9-4 4.50 ERA) vs. Mark Buehrle ( 8-7 4.43 ERA) 7:07 pm
David Ortiz Special Red Sox Milestone Watch: It seems like forever since Ortiz has hit a double for the Red Sox but his next one will be his 400th with the team. He would join Yaz, Williams, Evans and Boggs as just the fifth player in team history with at least 400 doubles for his Red Sox career.
Red Sox Success in Toronto this year: Boston is 4-2 so far this year in Toronto and won the first two series at Rogers Centre by taking two out of three in them. In three of those four wins, Red Sox pitching gave up one run or less.