Keys to the Game: Rays Vs Red Sox, August 17, 2011

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After splitting a day-night doubleheader yesterday, the Rays and the Red Sox will wrap a three game series this afternoon at Fenway.  The Red Sox will send John Lackey to the mound.  Lackey has recently turned his season around going 6-0 with a 3.92 ERA in his last seven starts and looks to cement his place as the third starter in the Boston Rotation.

ERs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & SO (Green)

Tampa will counter will David Price (10-10, 3.76 ERA) who has fared well against the Red Sox in his career, going 5-3 with a 3.55 ERA in eight starts.  However, he has given up 11 Home Runs in those eight games!

ERs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & SO (Green)

Red Sox Center Fielder and MVP candidate, Jacoby Ellsbury, homered in both games yesterday to drive in four of the five the Red Sox Runs.  Tampa Bay’s Center Fielder is no slouch either as B.J. Upton scored two and drove in another in yesterday’s nightcap.  Compare the production of the Center Fielders this season:

RBIs (Blue), HRs (Orange) & Stolen Bases (Green)

Who will win the rubber match in this decisive AL East series?

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