Monday, May 23, 2011

Matchup 5/23/11- 5/25/11 Red Sox vs Indians

Well the Red Sox were very lucky to get a great performance from Old Man Wakefield. Saturday's loss is one to put behind you very quickly and the Sox did that behind performances from Wakefield and Salty. Brad and I did not have a good weekend of predictions we both went 1-2, thanks to the loss of Matt Garza due to elbow soreness.

If anybody wants to make their picks for the series please make them in the comments section and we will keep track of them through out the year!

The Indians have the best record in in baseball at 29-15! Yes thats right the Cleveland Indians! (add Major League Reference here) They are also 18-4 at home.

Clay Buchholz 4-3, 3.42 vs. Justin Masterson 5-2, 2.52,
Prediction:   Randy: Red Sox Win. Brad: Red Sox Win
- The sox will face Masterson their former jack of all trades for the pitching staff. It has been rumored that the Red Sox have made a few trade offers to bring Masterson back to Boston but the Indians have said no. Looks like the for the Indians their patience with Masterson may have paid off with his 5-2 record.
- Old friend Orlando Cabrera has had a good year and has good numbers against Clay batting .500 against him
- Nobody on the Red Sox has great numbers against the RHP but, Crawford has hit a HR in 13 Plate Appearances

*Josh Beckett 3-1, 1.73 vs. Fausto Carmona 3-4, 4.76
Prediction:   *Randy:  Red Sox Lose      Brad: Red Sox win, and Beckett dominates.
- Beckett has been one of if not the best pitcher in the AL to start this season. His record should be better since the sox recently have struggled to score runs in his starts.
 - Beckett has had No Decisions in 5 out of 6 last games
- Orlando Cabrera, Shin Soo Choo, Adam Everett and Lou Marson have hit HR against Beckett
- Watch out for Asdrubel Cabrera he has hit Beckett well .353 and has been swinging a hot bat recently
- Michael Brantley has been playing well for the Indians
- Carmona threw a gem in the 2nd game of the season 7 IP of 2 hit ball, but a lot has changed since then
-Many Red Sox have had great success against Carmona who has some down years recently Ortiz, Tek, and Salty are some of them
- Pedroia is not one of those guys with little success against Carmona batting .188 with 3 strikeouts in 20 PA

Jon Lester 6-1, 3.68  vs. Mitch Talbot 1-0, 1.46
Prediction:  Randy: Red Sox Win              Brad: Red Sox win!
- Talbot is coming off the DL to make this start, he pitched on April 6th agaisnst the Sox
-He pitched 4.1 innings 2 R and 5 hits and got the No decision
-In 3 starts against the Sox he has 6.35 ERA
-Orlando Cabrera again has had some success against Lester going 6 for 18 with 4 RBI's. Too bad O.Cab is such a head case he really is a good player
- Fmr Sox Farm Hand Adam Evertt is 3 for 6 against Lester
- Lester has admittedly struggled over the last 3 games (2-0, 1 ND) In 17.1 IP he has given up 24 Hits, 14 ER, 11 BB and 17 K  far from ace material

* I have picked Beckett to lose and he has won and dominated those games so I will keep my superstition alive even though I may not believe it - Randy


  1. I was hoping for Brad to Post today but I guess he is still seething. The Red Sox could have made Red Sox Nation take a breath of fresh air and relize we are doing great after that awful awful start last night. But in true 2011 fashion Daniel Bard cannot shut down the amazing Clevland Indians! Now a loss is bad, a loss in late innings after a great start from a great pitcher is really bad, but a loss where you can get into 1st place in late May after the start to the seaso like we had is truly a kick yourself in the nuts loss. Well here is to another day in 3rd place!

  2. My string of picking against Beckett pays off again for the Red Sox!