Both teams come into this series not living up to 2012 expectations, the Red Sox more than the Cubs. In an odd year in the East, meaning the Yankees and Red Sox are not one, two in the standings in June, the Red Sox sit fourth in the all of a sudden competitive division. The Sox have struggled in Bobby Valentine’s first season at the helm, and it starts and ends on the mound, of course the laundry list of injuries doesn’t help either. The Red Sox are scoring runs with the best of them as they sit 2nd in the AL in runs scored, but they can’t stop teams from scoring as their ERA is “good” for 12th in the AL. The Cubs are coming off a series loss to the Tigers, but they played pretty well in doing so. The Cubs are going to have to continue to be patient at the plate and knock around the Red Sox pitching, because the Sox are going to hit, the Cubs have to keep up. It’s going to be scorching all weekend, 90 degrees everyday, the ball will be jumping at Wrigley. Full preview/breakdown after the jump.