If the Sox want to win game one on the west coast, they’ll have to knock John Lackey out of the game early, according to SBNation’s Over The Monster:
The key to winning game one: Make Lackey throw as many pitches as possible. He has a history of giving up a good amount of hits and walks, but the Sox need to take advantage of that and knock in runners on the basepaths. If the Sox can get Lackey off the mound early, their chances to score against the bullpen are very good. The bullpen, throughout the whole series, will be the key for the Sox — face them early and hit them hard.