Boston Red Sox VS Chicago White Sox
Game 1, Monday, May 20, 7:10 PM CDT
Jon Lester (6-0, 2.72 ERA) ... Dylan Axelrod (1-3, 4.27 ERA)
The lefty continues to be at the top of his game, coming off a seven-inning, two-run performance against the Rays in his last start. Opponents are hitting .193 against Lester on the season. He is 3-0 with a 3.48 ERA on the road.Axelrod earned his first win of the season after allowing three runs on nine hits and one walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings against the Twins on Wednesday.
Game 2, Tuesday, May 21, 7:10 PM CDT
Felix Doubront (3-1, 6.03 ERA) ... Jose Quintana (2-1, 3.97 ERA)
The lefty still hasn't found his groove. But he at least kept the Sox in the game in his last start, giving up three hits and two runs in five-plus innings while walking six and whiffing seven. Opponents are hitting Doubront at a .307 clip this year.The left-hander stayed winless since April 24 with a no-decision Thursday night against the Angels. Quintana was not helped by a two-run double that hit off Dayan Viciedo's glove and allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Game 3, Wednesday, May 22, 7:10 PM CDT
Clay Buchholz (6-0, 1.78 ERA) ... Chris Sale (5-2, 2.53 ERA)
Although he's coming off three no-decisions, Buchholz continues to be a force on the mound. In five career starts vs. the White Sox, he is 1-2 with a 5.02 ERA.Sale has thrown 23 consecutive scoreless innings, marking the longest White Sox streak since J.J. Putz threw 27 straight in 2010. Sale has a 4-0 mark with a 1.18 ERA over his last five starts, and fanned 12 Angels on Friday.
Who's hot: Buchholz has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight of his nine starts and has allowed only two home runs in 65 2/3 innings. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia has hit safely in 11 consecutive games. Sox reliever Jesse Crain hasn't allowed a run in 16 consecutive outings. Chris Sale hasn't allowed a run in 23 consecutive innings.Who's not: Doubront has failed to pitch more than 51/3 innings in any of his last three starts. Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is 2-for-15. Sox outfielder Dewayne Wise is 2-for-13. The Sox have stranded 21 runners in their last two losses.