The first half of the season begins to wind down as the Orioles close the book on interleague play (which was overall VERY good to them). Four series remain against decent -to-good teams: the PHN Red Sox at home, the Angels and Mariners on the road, and then the Blue Jays back at home before the All-Star break.
It all starts tonight as Jon Lester brings his 7-0 record against the Birds to OPACY. Yet Lester has been quite fallible this season, and this is a different Birds team than past ones he's faced. If our offense wakes up and scores early, this game may not be a complete write-off.
Off course the other half of that equation is Jason Berken, who looked great in his debut, and who has been figured out by hitters ever since. Don't be surprised to see the bullpen get a workout tonight.
UPDATE: Bonus!! I was interviewed by NESN.com blogger Neil Keefe about this series. You can see my off-the-cuff answers here. In the post, he describes CC as my blog, but as everyone here knows, this is SC's blog and the rest of us are just livin' in it.
The Red Sox on SBN: Over the Monster
Boston Red Sox @ Baltimore Orioles
06/29/09 7:05 PM EDT
|Boston Red Sox||Baltimore Orioles|
|J.D. Drew - RF||Brian Roberts - 2B|
|Dustin Pedroia - 2B||Adam Jones - CF|
|Kevin Youkilis - 3B||Nick Markakis - RF|
|Jason Bay - LF||Aubrey Huff - DH|
|David Ortiz - DH||Nolan Reimold - LF|
|Mark Kotsay - 1B||Ty Wigginton - 1B|
|Jacoby Ellsbury - CF||Melvin Mora - 3B|
|Jason Varitek - C||Matt Wieters - C|
|Nick Green - SS||Robert Andino - SS|
|2009 - Jon Lester||6-6||15||15||2||0||0||0||92.1||95||48||48||13||30||106||4.68||1.35|
|2009 - Jason Berken||1-4||6||6||0||0||0||0||31.1||37||23||22||2||12||19||6.32||1.56|