What To Watch For, To Make You a Better Red Sox Fan: June 14

Tony CatinellaContributor IJune 14, 2009

Going into what should be a beautiful Sunday afternoon game of baseball, all that you Boston fans have to know is that starting pitcher Josh Beckett means business.

In his last five starts,  the former World Series MVP has not given up more than two earned runs and the Red Sox have won four out of five of those starts.

Beckett (7-2) has been on fire and is matching-up with 26 year-old starter J.A. Happ, who has an impressive (4-0) record as both a starter and reliever this season for the Phillies.

The Sox will be looking to get as much use out of Beckett as possible after the Boston bullpen has been worked for 11 innings in this series due to an extra-inning game on Friday and a rain delay last night.

Beckett must be aware of first base slugger Ryan Howard who has 4RBIs in only 10 career at-bats against him.

The Sox are looking to escape Philadelphia with a sweep, as center-fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been the spark plug to this Red Sox offense going 4-9 at the plate with 3 RBIs and a home run in the last two games of the series

Ellsbury's shoulder looks much better after he missed the entire series against the Yankees with an injury.

The Sox have Monday off before they return home to Fenway to play the Florida Marlins.