Monday, May 23, 2011

Red Sox @ Indians Preview

The Indians went from being the laughing stock of the MLB last year to so far posting one of the best record in baseball (29-15). One top of that they have swept all three games they played the Sox this year, but the Sox are a much different team now.

The Sox have gone a major league-best 23-11 since April 16. Adrian Gonzalez looks like an MVP, Ellsbury looks like a leadoff hitter, and Ortiz is swinging like it's 2007. Still, there are some problems with this team. Dice-K/Lackey are both on the DL, and the bullpen hasn't been all that stable. That shouldn't hurt them too much tonight though with Buchholz on the hill.

Buchholz is 4-3 with a 3.42 ERA, which is decent, but is 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA in his four starts, so he is really starting to look more like the guy we saw last year. Going against him is our old friend Masterson, who has been stellar (5-2 2.52 ERA). On top of that Masterson is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA against the Sox in his career. He is going to be tough against a lineup that can have trouble against lefties.

I am putting my trust in Buchholz tonight, and Gonzalez is so hot right now I think they squeak by in this game.

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