The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox just got done a series at Fenway Park last weekend and the O’s were only able to take one of the three games. Even that one game though, was a struggle for the O’s to win. This weekend there will be a rematch, of sorts, for the Birds.
Friday night, David Hernandez, who pitched well on Sunday, but was non-decisioned, will oppose John Lackey. Lackey always has a way of shutting down the O’s, but Hernandez has been pretty good this season. Hernandez (0-3) has been far better than expected this season and is walking fewer batters.
Saturday night, the Orioles are likely to recall Brad Bergesen from Triple-A Norfolk and he will face Daisuke Matsuzaka. Bergesen has been nothing short of bad so far this season, but seems to have gotten his stuff back from his quick trip to the minor leagues. Matsuzaka will be making his season debut.
On Sunday afternoon, Kevin Millwood will have his hands full against Josh Beckett. Millwood has been very good for Baltimore and will try and shut down Boston’s lineup.
For the O’s to win the series, they need to get their offense needs to get going. The offense has struggled with situational hitting and power through the first 22 games. Also, the defense will need to get better. After starting the season very well on defense, the play in the field has gotten shoddy forcing extended innings and more pitches thrown by the pitching staff.