By: Alex Reimold
The Texas Rangers (24-21) head to Boston to take on the Red Sox (22-21) in their first meeting of the year. The red hot Rangers are second in the AL West, going 9-1 in their last 10 games fueled by the hot bat of shortstop Elvis Andrus. Andrus is batting .283 with 5 homers and 20 RBI and looks to stay hot on the road. From the mound, Yu Darvish has been to start the year boasting a 5-2 record with a 2.83 ERA. The Rangers look to continue their recent momentum in Boston this week.
For the Red Sox, Hanley Ramirez has found his stroke, batting .307 with 6 home runs in his last 7 games. Also, Dustin Pedroia is hitting .288 with 4 home runs proving the two a deadly combination at the plate so far. Xander Bogaerts has also been hot at the plate hitting .320 on the year. Chris Sale has been shearly dominant on the mound with a 2.19 ERA and leading the league with 95 strikeouts. He has also set a record with 8 straight starts consisting of 10 strikeouts or more. Another key part to the rotation has been Eduardo Rodriguez who is currently 3-1 with a 3.10 ERA, thus determining his spot as a starter.
The key to this series for the Red Sox pitching staff will be keeping the ball in the ballpark, as Texas is 6th in the league in homers with 62. At the plate, the Sox need to take advantage of not having to face Yu Darvish and score runs early in the game as to slow down the Rangers recent momentum. This series could be huge for the Red Sox as they are currently 4 games back behind the Yankees who take on the struggling Royals this week.