Bob Ryan: Pitching advantage goes to Rays

Bob Ryan: Pitching advantage goes to Rays
October 3, 2013, 10:15 pm
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The Boston Red Sox found out last night that they will take on the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Division Series starting Friday at Fenway Park.

The strength of the Rays comes in the form of their pitching, as the Red Sox will see Matt Moore in game one and David Price in game two.

Gary Tanguay and Bob Ryan sat down on "Uno Sports Tonight" to talk about the upcoming pitchers the Red Sox will have to go up against.

“I’m concerned with a walking lead to fear,” said Ryan of his feelings toward the Red Sox facing the Rays. “I worried about these guys all along. I did not want them to show up, I don’t think anybody does. The last time we saw Matt Moore he threw a two-hit shutout. Price when he brings his ‘A’ game is a great pitcher.”

Even though the Rays seem to have the edge in the pitching department, the Red Sox have their share of quality arms with Jon Lester getting the nod to start game one.

“He is still a tease to a degree,” Ryan said. “He certainly was an excellent pitcher after the All-Star game. Apparently, the key was that he was encouraged to go fastball first, not cutter first. And go and live off the fastball and have everything build off of that, which is a formula for success which he should have known.”