Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona has announced the starting rotation for their ALDS showdown against the Los Angeles Angels this week. Jon Lester will get the nod for Game 1 against Angels right-hander John Lackey. Game 2 will feature Red Sox ace pitcher Josh Beckett against the 16-8 Jered Weaver. Clay Buchholz will take Game 3 for Boston with Games 4 and 5 left up to Francona, who will consider either Daisuke Matsuzaka or Lester again on three-days rest.
Looking ahead to this series the Sox believe they can outpitch the Angels through their endless supply of heaters between the starting rotation and the bullpen.
“Not to take anything away from those finesse pitchers, but if that day, you don’t have your great stuff, your power arms seem to be able to get away with a little more,” said Red Sox third basemen Mike Lowell. “No matter what, it’s hard to hit 95 (mph) unless you’re throwing it down the middle. But I think there’s a little more leeway for a guy with a power arm to battle through a couple of innings where he doesn’t have sharp stuff and make an adjustment, than a guy who doesn’t have velocity, who might get touched up pretty early.”
The first Sox/Angels contest will take place either Tomorrow or this Thursday. Boston Red Sox Playoff tickets are available now!