Series Preview #26: Blue Jays (45-47) @ Red Sox (48-45)
The Red Sox currently stand at 5-2 in the second half of the season and have won the past two series. They'll try and continue that success against the Blue Jays as they stay at home in this potentially pivotal AL East series. In Game 1 tonight, the Red Sox will send Josh Beckett (5-7/4.44/72) to the mound against Aaron Laffey (1-1/3.38/18). This could be a very close opener, but I feel that Beckett can pull out a win here tonight. Tomorrow night will be another close one as the Red Sox send Aaron Cook (2-2/3.34/2) out to face the Blue Jays' Carlos Villanueva (4-0/2.68/57). Villanueva has been great since entering the Jays' rotation so I predict another close game here-- but a loss in this one. Sunday's finale will feature Jon Lester (5-7/4.80/98) and Jays' youngster Henderson Alvarez (5-7/4.29/42). Alvarez has pitched to the tune of a 3.09 ERA against the Red Sox and Lester is in a rough year, so I predict a close loss in this one. Bold Prediction: Blue Jays win series 2-1.