Friday, July 07, 2006

Game 84 - Vs Chi Sox (game 1 of 6)

As usual all statistics were found at the day by day database at Baseball Musings.

Well, its the Rookie against the grizzled veteran tonight and bragging rights between the last two world series champions at stake. The Sox need to sweep to go 6 and 4 on this road trip (the last long one of the year), chances of that? Who knows? I sure don't, but I think that it is possible to win 2 and that would make them 5 and 5 which would be acceptable. (unlike Surviving Grady I am an optimistic gus)

In 5 starts Lester is 3 and 0 with a 3.08 ERA, but has not faced the ChiSox this year. This is a dangerous lineup so he will need to be on his game to win, personally, I give it a 50 - 50 chance. Too, many times this year we have seen the Red Sox get into a city at 4:30 a.m. only to play flat at the plate.

Of course Buerhle will have a big say in this and if you look at his record against the Sox it is more than respectable. In eight starts, he is 4 and 2 with a 3.93 ERA. The good news, he is only 1 and 1 at home vs the boys with a 4.93 ERA. So, he is hittable at home and we can always hope that the boys come out swinging like they did last night.

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