Bold Predictions for Boston Red Sox’s Next 10 Games

After a terrible start to the MLB season, the Boston Red Sox have been playing great baseball as of late. With their lost to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night, the Red Sox are only ½ game behind in the AL East division and only trail to the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Before I make my bold predictions, it is important to note that I will not count Sunday night’s game against the Cubs in my ten day prediction, but will record predictions for the three game series against the Cleveland Indians, four game series against the Detroit Tigers, and the three game series against the Chicago White Sox.

Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians: Game 1 on Monday Night
One of the feel-good stories of the 2011 MLB Season is the Cleveland Indian’s significant improvement from the 69-93 season that they had last season. Fueled by talented hitting and pitching, the Indians are currently 28-15 and have the best record in baseball. The Indians also made stunning news when they swept the Red Sox in early April. With this understanding, the Red Sox will most likely want to seek revenge in Cleveland. Clay Bucholz and former Red Sox starting pitcher Justin Masterson are pitching Monday night, and I predict that the Red Sox will win the first game with the score of 4-2.

Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians: Game 2 on Tuesday Night
The fire-throwing Josh Beckett and Fausto Carmona will pitch in game two on Tuesday night. Beckett is pitching incredibly this season, and I do not expect that he will continue with his current rate of 3-1, 1.73 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 52:17 K:BB ratio. I will predict that Beckett will give up five earned runs in four innings, but the Red Sox will be victorious with the help of Adrian Gonzalez, and, surprisingly, Carl Crawford.

Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians: Game 3 on Wednesday Night
Jon Lester is also having a great season as he has a record of 6-1, 3.68 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and a 63:26 K:BB ratio. Lester will pitch against Mitch Talbot who is currently on the disabled list, but the Indians will strike back and be victorious on Wednesday night. Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana will be the decision-makers for the Indians. The main reason why I believe that the Red Sox will win two out of three games in Cleveland is because two of the Indians’ best offensive hitters are currently on the disabled list: Grady Sizemore and Travis Hafner.

Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers: Game 1 on Thursday Night
On Thursday night, the Red Sox will continue their road trip and play against the 22-23 Detroit Tigers. As with any road trip, the Red Sox may become exhausted or not perform up to their usual standards. Another reason why the Red Sox will lose their first game in Detroit is because the mediocre Alfredo Aceves is pitching against the incredibly talented Max Scherzer who is having an all-star season with a record of 6-1, 2.98 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a 60 to 24 K:BB ratio. Expect Scherzer to continue his dominant ways and the Tigers to outperform the Red Sox.

Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers: Game 2 on Friday Night
With Tim Wakefield pitching against Rick Porcello in the second of four games series, pitching will probably not be the main factor in the Red Sox victory on Friday night. However, Crawford will make up for his lousy start of the season and Kevin Youkilis will also provide an offensive surge.

Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers: Game 3 on Saturday Night
Bucholz will pitch the third game against the decent Phil Coke. Coke has not received much run support from the Tigers this season, and even with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP, Coke has a meager 1-5 record. Expect great run support from the Tigers as the Tigers will outperform and outpitch the Red Sox in Detroit.

Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers: Game 4 on Sunday Night
With the fourth game played on Sunday afternoon, the Red Sox will attempt to even the series against the Tigers. It would be safe to predict that the best of four games series will be split into two victories for each team, but I am known for my bold predictions. With the all-star Justin Verlander pitching Sunday afternoon, I expect that the Tigers and Red Sox will play a close game, but the advantage is in favor of the Tigers.

Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox: Game 1 on Monday Night
The first game of the series will mark the 13th and 18th consecutive game without a day’s rest for the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox, respectively. As a result, both teams may not play their best and may play sloppy defense. The real difference maker in the first game of the three games series is that Lester and Gavin Floyd are expected to pitch, and I predict that both pitchers will perform their best pitching. However, Adrian Gonzalez will hit a game-decisive home run in left field in the top of the 8th inning to help the Red Sox win their first game in Chicago.

Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox: Game 2 on Tuesday Night
The Red Sox will again have better offensive than the Chicago White Sox, and I predict that David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia will be the main reasons why the Red Sox will outperform the White Sox.

Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox: Game 3 on Wednesday Night
Again, it would be a safe decision to say that the White Sox would win this game, but lose the series against the Red Sox. Instead of making a safe decision, I will predict that the Red Sox will sweep the three game series against the White Sox.

For the next ten games, the Red Sox will win six games. The Red Sox will consistently improve upon their pitching and hitting, but their defense may continue to lack.

Sources:

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