Keys to the Game: Red Sox Vs. Orioles, September 28, 2011

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With their once nearly certain playoff spot in serious jeopardy, the Boston Red Sox desperately need a win against the Baltimore Orioles tonight at Camden Yard. The recently struggling Jon Lester (15-9, 3.49 ERA) will start tonight for Boston on three days rest. While Lester has been shelled in his last three starts, allowing 16 Earned Runs in just 13.2 Innings, he is an amazing 14-0 with a 2.33 ERA in 17 career starts against Baltimore. Check out Lester’s fantastic career numbers against the Orioles.

ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

Baltimore counters with Alfredo Simon (4-9, 4.85 ERA). While showing moments of brilliance, Simon has had a difficult season and hasn’t won a game in over a month. Check out Simon’s 2011 numbers.

ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

Yale Educated, Rookie catcher, Ryan Lavarnway, was the hero for Boston in their 8-7 victory last evening, as he had knocked in four runs off of his first and second career Home Runs. Lavarnway will squat behind Home plate again tonight. Check out how Lavarnway and the rest of Boston’s starting lineup tonight have performed against Baltimore this season.

RBIs (Blue), Runs Scored (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

With a playoff birth at steak, the big question for Red Sox Nation is which Jon Lester will show up tonight?

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