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Saturday, 24 August 2013 01:21

Boston Red Sox head to Dodger Stadium in a battle of MLB's best teams

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One of the most anticipated series of the year for the Boston Red Sox has finally approached on the calendar with trip to Dodger Stadium to face the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend.

After coming off an impressive series in which the Red Sox took two out of three from the San Francisco Giants, Boston will face one of its toughest opponents in the Dodgers, who have been one of the better teams in all of baseball during the second half.

The biggest thing that fans will be watching is how the former Red Sox players involved in the big August trade last year will fare including Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez. Crawford spoke out earlier this week and told the media that wanted to win all three games versus his former team.

This series will mark the first time Boston will travel to Dodger Stadium since June 21-23, 2002. In that series, the Dodgers swept the Red Sox, which leaves the Sox looking for their first career win ever in LA since this is only the second career meeting away from Fenway Park.

LA has the third best pitching in the major leagues with a 3.24 ERA and is currently 15th in hitting.

 

Pitching Matchups for Series:

8/23 John Lackey (8-10 3.22 ERA) vs. Ricky Nolasco (9-9 3.60 ERA) 10:10 pm

8/24 Jon Lester (11-7 4.09 ERA) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-4 2.95 ERA) 4:10 pm

8/25 Jake Peavy (9-5 4.25 ERA) vs. Chris Capuano (4-6 4.70 ERA) 8:05 pm

 

Series Notes:

Peavy’s success pitching in Dodger Stadium:When he was a member of the San Diego Padres, Jake Peavy put up solid numbers pitching in LA. In 12 career starts at Dodger Stadium he has gone 6-1 with a 3.08 ERA in 73 innings. Overall in his career against the Dodgers, Peavy is 13-2 with 2.27 ERA in 24 starts.

Victorino’s return to LA:Aside from all the talk with surrounding the big trade between both teams last summer, Shane Victorino, who spent the final two and a half months with the Dodgers returns to LA to face his former team. In 53 games with the Dodgers in 2012, he hit .245 2 HRs 15 RBIs.