Fresh off one of their best road trips in decades, the Sox are headed home to resume their interleague schedule against the Brewers.
After facing off against the Yankees and Rays, a set against the Brewers may seem like welcome relief. After all, even a dominant blowout win against one of these teams can be draining, much less a series which ends with a cumulative score of 7-6. But make no mistake, these Brewers are another tough matchup for the Red Sox.
Holders of a 39-31 record and not far removed from a streak similar to the one the Sox are on, the Brewers sit atop the NL Central despite a 1-3 skid against the Cubs. The men responsible at the plate are the same as they have been for years: Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun (though the fact that you can't spell [Rickie] Weeks without "two Es and a K" is one that Milwaukee fans are no longer so ready to mention). What's changed is the rotation.
While it's not been the start Brewers fans would have hoped for from key offseason acquisition Zack Greinke, the already solid combination of Yovani Gallardo and Randy Wolf has found a third head in Shaun Marcum, who is doing his best to get his name into the Cy Young conversation early on this season.
Of course, the Red Sox being the lucky bunch they are, those are the three starters they've pulled for their weekend series.
Boston Red Sox (41-27) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (39-31)
Friday, June 17, 7:10 p.m.
John Lackey (4-5, 7.41 ERA) vs. Shaun Marcum (7-2, 2.68 ERA)
Saturday, June 18, 7:10 p.m.
Jon Lester (9-2, 3.73 ERA) vs. Randy Wolf (4-4, 3.20 ERA)
Sunday, June 19, 1:35 p.m.
Tim Wakefield (3-2, 4.39 ERA) vs. Yovani Gallardo (8-3, 3.76 ERA)