Monday, July 23, 2012

Series Preview #27: Red Sox (48-48) @ Rangers (56-38)

After being swept at the hands of the formerly last place Toronto Blue Jays, things do not get any easier for the Red Sox as they head to Texas for a three game set. The series will start tonight as the Red Sox' best pitcher in Felix Doubront (10-4/4.24/99) will take the hill against swingman Scott Feldman (3-6/5.89/39). The Red Sox have hit Feldman well in the past and with Doubront going, this is a game the Red Sox should win. Game 2 will feature a rejuvenated Clay Buchholz (8-3/5.19/72) against Rangers' ace Colby Lewis (6-6/3.43/93). Buchholz has pitched much better this year than his ERA suggests (3.31 ERA in his last 10 starts) so I feel that this should be a very close game, but the Rangers should win. The series finale will be a matchup of 2012 disappointments in Josh Beckett (5-8/4.53/79) and Derek Holland (6-5/4.84/67). Holland has pitched well against the Red Sox in his career though, so I'd predict a loss. Bold Prediction: Rangers win series 2-1. 

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