The Boston Red Sox had quite the emotional week this past week, but continued to play red hot baseball. The team has won 5 out of 6 games and are playing their second game of the double header against Kansas City as I write this. The team has been lead by excellent pitching. This coming week the Red Sox will play every game at Fenway, continuing a 10 game home stand. Here is the weekly schedule.
The Red Sox start a 3 game series against the Oakland Athletics on Monday. Starting for Oakland is A.J. Griffin, who is currently the best pitcher on their staff. He is 2-0 in his 3 starts pitching 20 innings. He has only allowed 5 runs and hitters are only hitting for a .222 average against him. Manager John Farrell will be handing the ball over to Felix Doubront who the team is looking for more consistency. Doubront is 1-0 in his 2 starts but his opponents are hitting .325 off of him. The game starts at 6:35 is is on NESN.
This pitching match-up will make many laugh about. Bartolo Colon vs Alfredo Aceves. Just the fact that Aceves is pitching for the Sox could make this game interesting. Colon on the other hand has been consistent this year going 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA. The game will be on NESN and starts at 6:35.
In the last game of the Oakland series the Red Sox will have the upper hand int he pitching match-up. The Red Sox will be handing the ball to Jon Lester who is 3-0 on the year. In his last start Lester went 7 strong innings allowing only 2 runs. Oakland will be giving the ball to Brett Anderson who is 1-3 on the year with a 5.95 ERA. The game will start at a strange time for a Wednesday game, starting at 4:05 and will be televised on NESN.
On Thursday the Red Sox will begin their 4 game series against the newest member of the the American League, the Houston Astros. The starting pitchers have not yet been announced yet for this game but it is expected that the Red Sox will give the ball to Clay Buchholz. The game is at 6:35 on NESN.
This is where the projected starters could get a little bit difficult. The astros have not announced their starter but the Red Sox will likely be handing the ball to Ryan Dempster. The game is at 7:10 and you can catch the game on NESN.
A Saturday night game under the lights will provide a great atmosphere in Fenway Park. It is possible that John Lackey could get the start here if he is activated off the disabled list but he will most likely make a rehab start in AAA first. Another option could be Allen Webster who is pitching magnificantly in his MLB debut start as I am writing this. The game is on NESN and starts at 7:10.
In the final game of the Houston series the Sox could be giving the ball to Doubront who will have pitched on Monday. It is a 1:35 start, an afternoon game to end the series. The game can be seen on NESN before the Sox head out of town after their 10 game home stand ends.