The dreaded end of August/early September road trip (dreaded by me since the schedule was released) begins in Boston on Monday. It continues with the first Sox appearance at the new Yankee Stadium a week from tonight, proceeds to the Twinkiedome and ends September 3 in a makeup game at that overrated ballpark on the North Side.
That said, don’t underestimate how important the next three games are at the Cell against the AL East cellar-dwelling Orioles. Sweeping a series doesn’t seem to be our thing, but the Sox can’t lay an egg and have to win at least two out of three. Anything less than that would start the trip on a real downer and put even more pressure to have a successful road swing.
Any reasonable observer would take a look the this weekend’s pitching matchups and say that two of three is a cinch and a sweep, though very uncommon with the South Siders, is a good bet. But, as we all know, this means nothing if the Sox can’t do it on the field.
Here are the probables:
Tonight: Gavin Floyd (10-7) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (7-12)
Tomorrow night: John Danks (10-8) vs. David Hernandez (4-5)
Sunday: Mark Buehrle (11-6) vs. Jason Berken (2-11)