With a tough 3 games in Texas over the weekend, the Red Sox look to shake off being swept and move on to their series against the Minnesota Twins. There were a lot of questions coming into this series against the Texas Rangers. The Red Sox have been playing great to start off the season, but many people questioned if they could do it against legitimate opponent. The Red Sox have handled the AL East pretty easily, but had yet to face a Texas or Detroit. Well the Sox got the Rangers and got smacked around pretty good for 3 games. Their best opportunity to win a game was in game 3, but gave up the lead late in the game and ended up losing in the bottom of the 9th. With the sweep, the Red Sox are still tied for the best record in the league, they are now tied with the team that just swept them. They need to right the ship against the Twins in a series that the Red Sox should have no problem taking 2 games if they get some offense.
Another story within this game is the fact that Clay Buchholz is set to make his 7th start of the season. Buchholz, up until this point is 6-0 with a 1.01 ERA and has been absolutely dominating. In his last game against Toronto he went 7 innings giving up no runs and striking out 8. During the game there was question that Buchholz might be doctoring pitches. This turned into a three day affair that surrounded the Red Sox and sports talk in New England. I have already spoken previously about this, and it got a bit out of hand between Jack Morris and Dennis Eckersley.
With all the controversy that surrounded Buchholz and his last outing, there is going to be a lot of focus on him tonight. Everyone will be watching if he is touching his arm and how he throws. If he doesn’t touch his arm once and continues his dominance, all the questions will probably go away. But if he comes out, does not do anything suspicious and gets absolutely rocked, the questions will be worse than last week. It will be interesting to watch what happens even though he is facing a sub par twins lineup and should have no problem in this game. Hopefully he will continue pitching well, quiet the critics, and continue helping the Red Sox win games.
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