World Series..Scratch That…Regular Season Series Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. Philadelphia Phillies
June 28, 2011
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Tuesday, June 28th – 7:05 pm
Josh Beckett (6-2, 1.86 ERA)
Cliff Lee (8-5, 2.87 ERA)
Wednesday, June 29th – 7:05 pm
John Lackey (5-6, 7.36 ERA)
Vance Worley (2-1, 2.83 ERA)
Thursday, June 30th – 1:05 pm
Jon Lester (9-4, 3.66 ERA)
Cole Hamels (9-4, 2.49 ERA)
In the long run this series versus the great, almighty Boston Red Sox is as important as the one the Phillies just played against Oakland. It’s as important as the three games they played against Houston to open the season and it’s as important as the last three they’ll play against the Braves. But while these three games are no more important than the other 159 the Phillies will play…these games are going to be a lot of fucking fun.
Pat never liked the Sawx
The best pitching staff versus the best hitting team. World Series preview. The two best teams in baseball face off. Those are the sayings being thrown around by baseball writers for this series, and most of them are spot on. The All-Star game may not be until mid-July, but you can easily make a case that each of these teams will have at least four representatives a piece and that is what makes this series so exciting. These are two of the premier teams in all of baseball and both have a surplus of superstar players. Pretty much this series is just the opposite of the Nationals versus Orioles.
On April 15th the Red Sox were locked away in the basement of the AL East at 2-10 and looked more like a normal Orioles team than the preseason World Series favorites that everyone expected. However since April 15th the Red Sox are 43-22. While they have been playing well since their sluggish start they have hit a little roadblock in the past week losing four out of six to the lowly Padres/Pirates (NL Power!). The Phillies on the other hand just keep rolling along. It hasn’t been pretty so far this season on the offensive end, but the Phillies just continue to get it done. They come into this series with the best record in baseball at 49-30 and will look to continue that against one of the top teams in the game.
Cliff Lee will be going for his third straight shutout in the opener Tuesday
So enjoy this series. Could it be a possible World Series preview? Of course it can these two teams good as fuck. Playing at Citizens Bank Park is a huge advantage for the Phillies as the hot bat of Big Papi is designated bench instead of designated hitter. It also means only eight hitters instead of the nine the Sawx are accustomed to. There is a bunch of talent in this series and it should be exciting to watch, but once again it’s just another meaningless series in the marathon that is the MLB season. I’ll get a little more excited when the Sox are playing in Philadelphia come the end of October.