Red Sox Road Ahead: Week 20

Red Sox Road Ahead: Week 20

20 Weeks.

20 weeks later and most of Red Sox Nation is already looking towards football season. 20 weeks later and Jacoby Ellsbury is back on the DL with only 18 games played so far this year. 20 weeks later and I saw the Sox lose to the Rangers this past Friday despite hitting five home runs.

But alas we must carry on and look forward, not backwards. So let’s take a look at what is up for the Sox this week.

Schedule

Red Sox games are available over the radio on the WEEI Red Sox Radio Network and on NESN in the New England TV market (unless noted.)

Tuesday, August 17 vs Angels 7:10 PM

Wednesday, August 18 vs Angels 7:10 PM

Thursday, August 19 vs Angels 7:10 PM (also on MLBN)

Friday, August 20 vs Blue Jays 7:10 PM

Saturday, August 21 vs Blue Jays 7:10 PM

Sunday, August 22 vs Blue Jays 1:35 PM

Los Angeles Angels TV:  FS-W

Toronto TV: SNET

Opponents In-Depth

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

AP Photo/Alex Gallardo

60-59
2nd in AL West (8 GB)

Probable Line-Up

Bobby Abreu, LF
Erick Aybar, SS
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
Torii Hunter, RF
Hideki Matsui, DH
Howard Kendrick, 2B
Mike Napoli, 1B
Jeff Mathis, C
Peter Bourjos, CF


Injuries

Joel Pineiro, SP (Oblique) 15-day DL. Out until at least mid-September

Rich Thompson, RP (Shoulder) 15-day DL. Out until at least early September

Kendry Morales, 1B (Ankle) 15-day DL. Out for the season

Jason Bulger, RP (Shoulder) 15-day DL. On Triple-A rehab assignment

Brian Stokes, RP (Shoulder) 15-day DL. On Triple-A rehab assignment

Chris Pettit, CF (Shoulder) 60-day DL. Out for the season

Pitching Match-Ups

8/17: Buchholz vs. Haren

Best match of the series. Haren is an Ace but is trying to buck his history of second half slumps and isn’t getting a whole lot of run support from the Angels.

8/18: Lackey vs. Weaver

Lackey faces his former team and an unlikely ace in Jeff Weaver.

8/19: Beckett vs. Kazmir

Beckett is still looking for his mojo while Kazmir is a Red Sox killer. This won’t end well.

Who’s Hot

Bobby Abreu: .370 BA past 14 days

Who’s Not

Jeff Mathis: .100 BA past 14 days

Toronto Blue Jays

Reuters Photo

63-55
4th in AL East (9 GB)

Probable Line-Up

Fred Lewis, LF
Yunel Escobar, SS
Jose Bautista, 3B
Vernon Wells, CF
Adam Lind, DH
Aaron Hill, 2B
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Travis Snider, RF
Jose Molina, C


Injuries

John Buck, C (Thumb) 15-day DL. Expected to begin Double-A rehab assignment Aug. 16

David Purcey, SP (Ankle) 15-day DL. Out until at least early September

Dirk Hayhurst, RP (Shoulder) 60-day DL. Out for the season

Jesse Litsch, SP (Hip) 15-day DL. Out for the season

Dustin McGowan, SP (Shoulder) 60-day DL. Out for the season

Pitching Match-Ups

8/20: Lester vs. Cecil

Battle of the lefties!

8/21: Matsuzaka vs. Romero

Romero is putting together a pretty solid season while Matsuzaka is putting together a house of cards that represents his season.

8/22: Buchholz vs. Marcum

What a week for Buchholz after facing Haren in LA he’ll have to face Toronto’s ace to end the week.

Who’s Hot

Adam Lind: .425 BA/3 HR past 14 days

Who’s Not

Fred Lewis: .152 BA past 14 days

My Outlook

I have a really bad feeling about the pitching LA has to offer. I say it’s a 3-3 split.

How do you think the Sox are going to fare this week? Leave them in the comments or let Patrick know on Twitter: @dmbosstone



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