The swoon season cometh in July for the Boston Red Sox for the second consecutive year.
After finishing the seventh month at a marginal 11-13 in 2008, the men of Yawkey Way stumbled out to an 8-9 start so far this July. The Sox have been especially bad since the All-Star break, dropping two of three to Toronto before being swept by the Texas Rangers.
No longer in first place and toting a season high five game losing streak entering the weekend, Boston hopes a return to Fenway will awaken their slumbering bats. And a dose of Oriole might be all they need. The Sox own a 6-1 record against Baltimore so far this season, outscoring the O’s by 20 runs in their seven contests. But will the Sox rekindle their offensive fire or swoon some more? Here’s a breakdown of this weekend’s pitching matchups and the key to the series.