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David Price is one of two lefties that can handcuff the Red Sox hitters.
The Tampa Bay Rays are the biggest concern for the Red Sox in the beginning of the year.
With nine games against their division rival not only are the Rays games difficult, but if the Red Sox can wins the three series they may be able to create separation in the division.
The Rays have arguably the best rotation in all of baseball. David Price is a dominating lefty and a Cy Young candidate. Their No. 2 pitcher, James Shields, is coming off the best year of his career and would be an ace on many staffs.
Jeremy Hellickson is in his second full season as a starter and last year lived up to the hype by recording a 2.95 E.R.A. in 29 starts. The No. 4 and 5 pitchers in the rotation Matt Moore and Jeff Niemann are both good pitchers with Moore having the potential to become an ace.
The Rays offense may not be as overwhelming as their pitching, but they are led by their third baseman and MVP candidate Evan Longoria, who despite a dip in his batting average last season is always a thorn in the Red Sox side.
The Rays brought back Carlos Pena to add more pop to the lineup and have enough scoring potential to go along with their stellar pitching and will be the most difficult matchup for the Red Sox in April and May.