Jon Lester was not only lights out in May, but he has been lights out throughout his career against the Orioles. His will be trying to improve to a perfect 11-0 against the O’s and will look to start off the month of June on a good note.
Life has been good recently for the Red Sox. Despite a minor setback in a split to the Kansas City Royals, the Sox have rebounded by taking two of three over the Oakland Athletics and the first game of a three-game series against the Orioles, 11-0
Everything seems to be clicking. The Red Sox starters are dealing, and the offense is beginning to score runs.
Jeremy Guthrie will have the tall task of cooling down the Sox on Saturday.
Red Sox (32-24) at Orioles (15-40)
Saturday, June 5, 7:05 p.m.
Camden Yards, Baltimore
The Sox have won 10 of the last 11 season series. The Red Sox are 3-4 against the Orioles this season.
LHP Jon Lester (6-2, 2.97 ERA) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (3-5, 3.84 ERA)
Lester has been fantastic of late. After dropping his first two decisions of 2010, Lester has gone an undefeated 6-0 since. In May, he was 5-0 with a minuscule 1.84 ERA, dropping his season ERA from 4.71 to 2.97. He has also struck out nine batters or more in three of his last four outings.
Throughout his career, Lester has dominated the Orioles, to say the least.
In 13 career starts against the O’s, Lester is 10-0 with a 2.22 ERA.
Guthrie enters Saturday’s game having won three of his last four decisions. The 31-year-old’s eight quality starts this season has him tied for third in the AL in that category.
In 12 career starts against the Red Sox, Guthrie is 1-5 with a 4.72 ERA.
Lester and Guthrie already faced off earlier in the season on April 23. Lester pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the Orioles, allowing only four hits, but received a no decision. Guthrie pitched six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, and also received a no decision. The Red Sox won the game 4-3, after Adrian Beltre walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning.
|Corey Patterson, LF
Miguel Tejada, SS
Nick Markakis, RF
Ty Wiggington, 1B
Matt Wieters, C
Adam Jones, CF
Garrett Atkins, DH
Julio Lugo, 2B
Cesar Izturis, SS
Marco Scutaro, SS
Red Sox starters have been terrific lately. They have lasted at least six innings in the last six games, which has allowed the bullpen to receive its necessary rest. Jon Lester, along with Friday night’s starter Clay Buchholz, has been leading the charge. After losing two of his first three starts and seeing his ERA skyrocket to 8.44, Lester has bounced back in a big way and now looks poised to make a bid at his first All-Star appearance.
The Red Sox are 21-10 over their last 31 games, and appear to be clicking on all cylinders. With the Orioles in the midst of their worst start since 1988, and Lester pitching the way he is, the Red Sox certainly have the advantage heading into the second game of this three game series at Camden Yards — the Red Sox home away from home.