The Boston Red Sox will be able to finish its interleague play well and have a strong finish against the Blue Jays and Mariners at the end of the month to get back in to the hunt in the AL East and the MLB power rankings.
The Red Sox now head to Chicago for a three-game series against the Cubs who are dead last in the MLB power rankings and have the worst record in MLB at 21-42.
The Red Sox will send both Jon Lester and Josh Beckett to the hill for the final two games of this series where the Red Sox will look to sweep the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Well, that's if Daisuke Matsuzaka can defeat Ryan Dempster on Friday at 2:20 p.m. EST.
After this series, the Red Sox return to Fenway Park for a nine-game homestand against the Marlins, Braves and Blue Jays.
The Red Sox took two out of three meetings at Fenway from the Braves in 2009 and have a 3-3 record against the Blue Jays this season. This is the first series against the Blue Jays at home.
These six series will prove how well the Red Sox can play and will be the turning point of season for the Red Sox. If they can play well for this stretch of 19 games, then the Red Sox can return to the AL playoff picture. If not, well, there is still time after the All-Star break.