Friday, June 02, 2006

Game 52 - Tigers game 1


As always all stats are from the day by day database found at Baseball Musings, a valuable tool for any die hard fan and prognosticator.

Game 1 of a 3 game series starts tonight where two of the league leaders in wins face each other. Schilling pitched a very good game in his last outing against Tampa Bay and I think this will continue. Rogers on the other hand was lit up like a firecracker against Cleveland, going 4 1/3 innings and giving up 5 runs. The Indians are similar to the Sox, so I wouldn't be surprised to see him struggle again tonight.

In his career Rogers has started 11 games at home against the Red Sox (46 appearances). The gambler has a 4 and 1 record with a 4.86 ERA in these games. Only 3 could be classified as a quality start. He has started a total of 24 games, going 9 and 6 with a 5.30 ERA. Only two of his road starts would be classified as a quality start.

Overall, including his 22 relief appearances Rogers is 11 and 7 against the Sox with a 4.93 ERA. Lots of history here against this pitcher and I think that will count against him tonight.

Schilling on the other hand has never started a game in Detroit, but has made 4 appearances (2 starts with Ariz. - 2 relief appearances), 1 in Detroit last year which he lost. In both starts, the Schill was 1 and 1 with a 4.50 ERA and 1 quality start. His relief appearance are to say the least forgettable (maybe unforgettable would be correct). Total of 1 inning 6 hits, 5 earned runs, 0 balls and 2 K's for a whopping 45.00 ERA. Overall his total ERA is 7.20.

I think you will see Schilling be aggressive inside, forgo velocity for placement and produce a gem. preview is here.
Press release for tonight can be found here.

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