Jon Lester threw a bullpen session on his route back to the rotation. Lester is scheduled to return to the rotation on this Monday at Fenway Park against the Kansas City Royals. Lester’s return couldn’t come at a better time, the Red Sox are hurting for consistent starting pitching.
Terry Francona said that the team is working at building the left-hander up, and the manager was delighted with how Lester threw in the session. The skipper called it “tremendous” and said the lefty will throw again on Friday.
Lester has been on the DL since July 6 with a left latissimus (near his shoulder) strain, and Francona said the Red Sox will probably hold him back a little Monday, limiting him to 80-90 pitches.
The Red Sox completed the sweep of the Baltimore Orioles yesterday and continued their 6 game win streak into the All Star break. Boston is 1.0 games up on the Yankees.
Boston players heading to the All Star game include: David Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kevin Youkilis, Josh Beckett and Jon Lester. Boston is tied with the 2nd most all stars from one team. The Yankees have the most with 8.
Boston will hopefully keep momentum on their side and continue establishing a lead between themselves and the rest of the AL East. After the All Star break, Boston will travel to Tampa and then Baltimore.
After having the best MLB record since April, the Boston Red Sox find themselves praying that interleague play comes to an end. Last night, the Red Sox lost to the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1. The Sox finally had an RBI… and who did it come from? John Lackey… go figure!
Boston needs to wake up their bats, get their $h!t together and reclaim first place in the AL East standings. The All Star game is not too far off and it would be a huge advantage for the Sox if they had a slight lead in the AL East heading into the All Star break. By the way, have you been voting for Sox players to go to the All Star game?
Boston is now 2.5 games out of first place and only 1.0 games ahead of Tampa Bay. Tampa has Boston in the cross-hairs and it would be disappointing for the team and fans to see the team fight back to first place after a dismal start and then fall back to 3rd place.
What this ball club needs is a nice home stand against an AL East team that they are very familiar with… On July 4th, the Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. The Red Sox need to win this series and take at least two games from Toronto. Additionally, Boston hosts the Baltimore Orioles directly after the Blue Jays. This would be a great time to make up some lost ground. hopefully the Sox can win 3 out of the 4 games with Baltimore. This would significantly put the team in a positive direction before the all star break. We’re looking for Boston to take 5 out of 7 (or better) from their next 7 home games at Fenway.
What could REALLY help the Red Sox though, is winning game 3 against Philadelphia today. It’s a 1:05 game and it would be really nice to see Boston get their bats going in this one. Today’s matchup is Jon Lester vs Cole Hamels. Both pitchers are 9-4 on the season so far. Hamels’ ERA is slightly better 2.49 vs Lester’s 3.36 ERA.
After today, Boston heads to Houston for a weekend series vs the Astros. The weather has been very hot in Texas the past few days and I am hoping that this will not hurt the Sox in any way shape or form. Houston is currently 28-53 on the season, but that doesn’t mean this will be a walk in the park for Boston. They are going to have to earn every run and work hard for a win.
Let’s go Boston! Reclaim 1st place before the All Star Break!
Last night, the Red Sox took another game from the Tampa Bay Rays and maintained a 1.5 game lead in the AL East. The final score of the game yesterday was 4-2. Clay Buchholz got the win.
Next up is a series vs the Milwaukee Brewers (inter-league) and that will be in Boston at Fenway Park. The probable pitchers for tonight are John Lackey (4-5, 7.41 ERA) vs Shaun Marcum (7-2, 2.68 ERA). The probable pitchers for tomorrow night are Jon Lester (9-2, 3.73 ERA) vs Randy Wolf (4-4, 3.20 ERA). Sunday’s probable pitchers are Tim Wakefield (3-2, 4.39 ERA) vs Yovani Gallardo (8-3, 3.76 ERA).
The Brewers have great pitching this year (as far as ERA) and have put together a record worthy of first place in the NL Central.