Series Preview #19: Nationals (32-23) @ Red Sox (29-28)
The Red Sox may have righted their woes last night, winning 7-0 against the Orioles to avoid a sweep-- but their woes will probably continue as the first place Washington Nationals come to town. The Nats have had good pitching all year, and the Red Sox are going to see some of the best of it in this series. Tonight's game will feature two impressive youngsters in Felix Doubront (6-2/3.75/66) and former first overall pick Stephen Strasburg (6-1/2.35/79). It should be entertaining to watch Strasburg, who will soon be one of the best pitchers in baseball, but chances are it won't end well as I'm predicting a loss. To replace Daniel Bard after his demotion to Pawtucket, Daisuke Matsuzaka (right) was called up from the minors to start Saturday against Gio Gonzalez (7-2/2.31/84). I think it would be ridiculous to assume a non-rout in this game. Finally, the pain will end after Sunday-- which shapes up to be another loss with Jon Lester (3-4/4.64/53), who will hopefully put things together against Jordan Zimmermann (3-5/2.82/49). The only hope is that the Red Sox bats can do well, as the Nationals' offense isn't quite up to par, but things look very bleak in this series. Bold Prediction: Nationals sweep Red Sox 3-0.