American League Division Series Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox

ALDS Preview: Red Sox vs Rays

10/4/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

One year ago today, the Boston Red Sox fired manager Bobby Valentine, following a 93-loss season that saw the Sox finishing in last place in the AL East.

Fast forward to today, and things are drastically different. New manager John Farrell and his bearded players had the best regular season record in baseball, matched only by the St. Louis Cardinals.

They square off against division rival Tampa Bay Rays today in game 1 of their best-of-five set to decide who will advance to the ALCS.

The Red Sox were 12-7 against the Rays in the regular season. That having been said, things could be very different in the postseason, where starting pitching tends to dominate.

The Rays open the series with Matt Moore and David Price, a pair of rather formidable starters. Beyond that, they haven't named any starters yet. The Red Sox will counter with a 4-man rotation of Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, and Jake Peavy.

Sep 12, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) reacts after he struck out during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsHere's the full schedule for the series:

Game 1: Friday, October 4, 3:07 p.m. (Televised on TBS)
Rays (Matt Moore) at Red Sox (Jon Lester)

Game 2: Saturday, October 5, 5:37 p.m. (TBS)
Rays (David Price) at Red Sox (John Lackey)

Game 3: Monday, October 7, time TBD (TBS)
Red Sox (Clay Buchholz) at Rays (TBD)

Game 4, if necessary: Tuesday, October 8, time TBD (TBS)
Red Sox (Jake Peavy) at Rays (TBD)

Game 5, if necessary: Thursday, October 10, time TBD (TBS)
Rays (TBD) at Red Sox (Lester)

This should be an interesting series, albeit one that we've seen before, many times.

As a Red Sox fan, I'm very nervous about this series. I absolutely would have preferred a matchup against the Cleveland Indians, because the Rays' pitching is very good. Still, I'm predicting the Red Sox take care of business and beat the Rays in 4.

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10/4/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Red Six crunched them today... every starter got a hit and scored a run...