After a travel day/off day yesterday, the Red Sox will resume play as they head out to the west coast to begin a road trip that starts off against the San Francisco Giants. While the Giants possess a 35-24 record that is good enough for first place in the National League West, they have been up-and-down as of late, going 5-5 in their last 10 games. As a National League team out on the west coast, Red Sox fans may not be very familiar with the Giants. San Francisco has quietly put together a fantastic season up until this point, and could make a deep playoff run with a devastating 1-2 punch in the starting rotation that features Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto.
Tonight, the Red Sox will try to right the ship, as they have been reeling as of late, going 4-6 in their past 10 games. The Red Sox will send Rick Porcello to the mound, who has been in quite the funk as of late. After starting out with a sub-three ERA, Porcello has come back to reality, giving up four or more runs in three of his last four starts. In his last start, Porcello gave up three home runs and took a no-decision against the now-AL East leading Baltimore Orioles.
The Giants will counter with Albert Suarez, who made his first MLB start last Wednesday. Suarez was able to retire the first nine batters in his previous outing. Suarez features a heavy fastball that can reach upwards of 96 MPH. Against an unknown pitcher, expect both teams to either look to capitalize early, or feel each other out for a couple of innings. Either way, this should be some exciting baseball between two of the better clubs in the MLB.
While this may just seem like another road trip, @RedSoxPres (Shameless Plug) and myself both agree that this is a crucial series and trip out west. This could decide whether the Red Sox are still considered an elite team, or whether the Red Sox should look to fire manager John Farrell.