Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Game 50 - Jays game 10

As usual, all stats come from the day by day database at Baseball Musings.

Well, Clement did nothing to gain my confidence yesterday, Theo, release the boy because you sure can’t trade him. For those of you with an iron stomach you can read all about it here.

Today its Chacin vs Beckett and that should be a quality game. Chacin has made one start in his career at home against the Sox and his pitching line was 6 – 7 – 1 – 0 – 0 – 2 – 2 which makes it a 0.00 ERA at home against the Sox. Overall in four games he is 2 and 0 with a 5.49 ERA in 19 2/3 innings.

All of Beckett’s starts against the Jays are this year. He has made one start at Toronto (the extra inning fiasco remember) with a pitching line of 7 1/3 – 5 – 5 – 5 – 3 – 2 – 3 for a 6.14 ERA. In three games he is 1 and 0 with a 4.66 era over 19 1/3 innings.

From what I can tell Beckett is 5 and 0 after a loss this year with 3 ND. Unfortunately all of those ended up being losses. Still, after eight losses he has given the team a chance to win in all of those losses and I will take that any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

I fully expect Beckett to pitch a whale of a game, of course Chacin being a leftie, I expect him to pitch good also. I expect a tight game tonight, with the boys hanging on at the end to go back up 3 1/2 games.

ESPN.com preview here.
MLB.com preview here.
Press Release found here.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Si's Power Rankings

Mentioned that I had taken a look at ESPN's power ranking the other day, and was confused by both the Tigers and Sox having lower rankings than the teams that are currently in second place in their divisions. This ranking is definitely more to my liking and makes better arguments (I think) . Enjoy!!!

Game 49 - Toronto game 9

As always all stats are from the Day by Day database at Baseball Musings.

Roy Halladay vs Matt Clement tonight. Halladay is 6 and 1 this year with a 2.77 ERA in 9 games. His last win was the 23rd against Tampa Bay, pitching 8 2/3 innings and allowing only 1 Earned Run. In his career at home against the Sox (as a starter), Halladay is 5 and 2 with a 3.42 ERA in 11 starts. He has also appeared in 3 games as a reliever at home pitching 5 1/3 innings with an 18.56 ERA. Total stats home and away has Halladay appearing in 25 games, 1 complete game, 8 wins, 6 losses, 119 K's, 41 Walks and a 4.49 ERA.

Clement (who I think I will call DHL for deer in head lights) has made 3 starts against the Blue Jays in Toronto (all with the Sox). His record in those games are 1 and 1 (the win this year) with a 5.71 ERA in those 3 games. His shortest outing was the win this year when he went 5 1/3 innings allowing 2 earned runs. In 7 games total against the Jays he is 2 and 3 (both wins this year) with a 7.34 ERA.

MLB.com preview is here.
ESPN.com preview is here.
Press Release found here.

I fully expect DHL to stink up the place. He is the most aggravating of all of the Boston starters. In 9 starts this year he has had 3 quality starts. The team record is 5 and 4 (only Wakefield has worst at 5 and 6), due to the fact that the bats pound out 5.90 runs per game. Well, with Halladay pitching I do not expect 5.9 runs tonight. I hate to say it but I fully expect this game to be a big L (making the Sox 3 and 6 vs the Jays this year).

Home Games

Well, thought I would post the scoring by innings of the Sox in their home games.

48 all
24 home

As you can see the Sox have scored the most in the 1st, 2nd, and 6th innings. The low number in the 9th represent the only 2 come from behind wins at Fenway this year (24 home games). Presently Sox are 16 and 8 at home, and 14 and 10 on the road.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Schillings 200 win and other stuff

Schilling pitches 7 strong innings followed by Foulke and Papelbon to win his 200th game, only the 4th to do it in a Sox uniform (last one Tiant). Was a quick game too, 2:46 and Schilling became the first 8 game winning al pitcher this year. Game Recap at ESPN.com can be found here. Have a chance to sweep tommorrow afternoon (well actually today).

Just took a look at the ESPN.com power rankings. What I don't understand is that the White Sox(1) and Yankees(5) are both rated above their division leaders. Ok, I can understand the Sox being one over the Tigers(2), but the Yankees above the Sox(6)?

Last time I looked the Sox have a winning record against the Yankees and lead them by two games and I don't buy that Wakefield is more and more looking like a non reliable starter. True he has an ERA over 4.5, but out of 10 starts he has pitched 6 quality starts. With better run support(3.9 pg) his record could easily be 6 and 3. The next lowest support for the team is Schilling (5.6). The team record in his starts is 4 and 6 which is the only one below 500. Wakefield has always been streaky and I expect his streak to start being W's starting today (13 - 2 against the Rays).

Friday, May 26, 2006

Game 46 - Devil Rays game 8

As always all stats are from the Day by Day database at Baseball Musings.

Wells is making his first start since his rehab start last weekend. I am not sure what to expect from him on this start since he only threw 66 pitches in 5 innings in that start. What we do know is that historically Wells is 10 and 1 ( 19 starts) with a 2.91 ERA in his career against the Devil Rays. At Fenway David is 2 and 0 in 2 starts with a 1.29 ERA (14 innings pitched).

I fully expect Wells to be limited to 75 or 80 pitches, the key is how efficient he will be with those pitches. This is his first start for the Sox since April 12 (a loss) against Toronto.

Kazmir has been a major pain to the Sox these last 2 years ( first start against Boston 9/14/2004). He has started 5 games at Fenway with a 3 and 1 record and a 2.54 ERA over 28 1/3 innings. I just noticed that he has went w - l - w - nd - w in those games (loss is due baby). In his three wins he has given up 1 earned run over 17 2/3 innings. This year he is 2 and 0 against the Sox (both of his wins came in quality starts by Schilling and Wakefield 2 of the 3 losses that have occurred in 23 quality starts this year.

What I expect is a close game that may come down to the bullpens. Lets hope that we are the winners in that.

ESPN.com preview here.
MLB.com preview here.

Press Release here.

(had a much longer post originally but blogger lost it grrrr)

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Game 45 - Devil Rays Game 7

Beckett goes to the mound in game 1 of a 4 game series tonight. Out worthy opponent will by Waechter. Beckett is 6 and 1 while Waechter is 0 and 2. Beckett has never faced the Devil Rays in his career (baseball musing as usuall for the stats).

From MLB.com
Scouting Report:
Beckett was masterful with his fastball in his last start, leading the Red Sox to a win over the Phillies. He struck out just four, but kept Philadelphia hitters at bay until an eighth inning three-run home run by Ryan Howard. Finishing the seventh inning is nothing new for him; he's done it in seven of his nine starts. Beckett has not faced the Devil Rays in either of the two series between the teams this year.

Waechter has faced the Sox twice at Fenway (both last year), his pitching line in those games are 2 gs, 2 losses, 9 innings pitched, 13 hits, 13 runs, 11 earned runs, 3 hrs, 4 BB, 5 K's and an 11.00 ERA. To say the least he has not been impressive at Fenway except in his one relief appearance where he went 3 innings without any runs.

For all games (6 starts, 1 relief) he has pitched 30 innings, gone 1 and 2 with an ERA of 6.27. Obviously, he pitches better at home.

From MLB.com
Scouting Report:
Waechter made his first start out of the bullpen on Saturday after missing a turn in the rotation because of an off-day. He allowed three runs over six innings on six Marlins hits, walking three and striking out two. It was a big improvement from his last outing, in which he allowed seven runs on 11 hits over seven innings in his longest outing of the year. Waechter lasted just 2 2/3 innings at Boston April 19, surrendering seven runs (six earned) on five hits and three walks for his first loss of the season. He is 1-2 all-time with a 6.27 career ERA against Boston.

Some pretty good stuff in the press pass but am pressed for time you can read it yourself here.

ESPN.com's preview is here.

My thoughts, I look for the Sox to come out in overdrive tonight against this young right hander and I expect lots of scoring (save some for the other games boys). Beckett will continue to pitch well against this young team. Looking for his 7th win to be recorded tonight.

Don't remember where I saw it today but Maddon said he might not do the 34 defense tonight. We will have to wait and see.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Game 44 - Yankees game 7

From Baseball Musings we are able to see that Randy Johnson is 2 and 0 at Fenway with a 5.23 ERA in 3 starts. Only one of these has been a quality start and that was the Sunday game last October that clinched the playoffs for the Yankees (yes, I did not say the division because before the Wild Card there would have been a playoff). Interestingly, he has given up 7 home runs in just under 21 innings during those games. Overall, with Seattle and the Yankees he has started 12 games at Fenway with a 6 and 2 record and a 4.32 ERA.
From MLB.com Scouting report: Johnson tries yet again to straighten himself out, having struggled in each of his past five starts and six of his last seven. Johnson was hit hard by the Red Sox on May 9, giving up seven runs in 3 2/3 innings, though only two of the runs were earned. The Big Unit has walked 15 batters in his last five starts, striking out 18.

Clement has started one game against the Yankees at Fenway and lost big. He pitched 2 2/3 innings giving up 6 earned runs on 5 hits and 5 walks. One of the hits was a home run and he had 4 k's in that game. Overall against the Yankees he is 1 and 1 with a 5.54 ERA in 3 starts, all with the Red Sox.
From MLB.com Scouting report: Clement has been the model of inconsistency, alternating wins and losses for his last five starts. The common theme in his good starts has been late struggles. Twice he has thrown six scoreless innings, but has ended up allowing a total of seven runs in those two games. In his last start, he held the Phillies to one run on three hits through six, but gave up two more runs before departing in the seventh. Clement has not faced the Yankees this season and is 1-1 with a 5.54 ERA in three lifetime starts against New York.

So, now that I have thrown out these facts and figures what do I think will happen? Well, I expect it to be a slugfest. Johnson is struggling and struggling pitchers do not usually do well against patient teams, but if the Sox let him off the hook then there could definitely be problems.

Clement has been up and down this year (see previous posts on his games for my thoughts on Clement) and he could be up but, I think the Yankees are the type of team that causes him to struggle, they are patient, they make you throw strikes and they do not mind taking walks. When people get on base against Clement, he really slows down the game and that puts the defense on their heels. Now, of course since I just said I expect him to meet or exceed his 20.25 era against the Yankees at Fenway watch him go out and pitch a 1 hitter (yeah right).

From the press release - this is the best start for the Sox since 2003. Boston is also 4 - 2 in games decided by 2 runs this year. Opposing lefties are 1 and 2 with a 5.94 ERA in their last 4 outings against Boston, with the Sox going 3 - 1 in those contests....Lefties were 4 - 0 with a 1.45 ERA in the previous 5 starts. For the season lefties are 7 and 5 with a 3.17 ERA in 14 outings.

ESPN.com preview here.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Game 43 - Yankees game 6

Wakefield vs Wright in game 2 of this 3 game series. Pulling data from Baseball Musings I see that Timmy has started 13 games for the BoSox at Fenway against the Yankees with 4 wins and 7 losses and a 5.18 ERA in those starts. Since 2003 Wake is 2 and 4 at home in these games. 6 of his 13 starts have been quality starts with a 2 and 0 record in those games.

Overall Wake has appeared in 41 games vs the Yankees and has a 9 and 12 record with 1 save. The ERA for these games is 4.47 during that time.

From MLB.com

Wakefield suffered a loss in his last start, giving up eight hits and four runs over seven innings. He is 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA in two starts against the Yankees this season. Wakefield is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in his first four starts of May. He was the winning pitcher in a 5-3 win over the Yankees on May 11, and is 2-4 with a 4.19 ERA in eight starts in the series the last two seasons.

Jaret Wright has started 2 games at Boston as a Yankee with a 1 and 1 record and a 5.40 ERA. Adittionally he has started 3 other games as an Indian with no decisions in those games. His overall ERA at Fenway is 5.92 in those starts. 1 start was a quality start with the a no decision in that start. Besides the 5 games he has started at Fenway he has also started 4 other games vs the Sox as an Indian (3 games) and a Brave. His overall record is 1 and 4 with a 7.30 ERA in these 9 games.

From MLB.com

Wright looks to follow up a solid outing against the Rangers, in which he threw six scoreless innings before allowing three runs in the seventh. Wright went 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts against the Red Sox last season, and he is 2-1 with a 6.23 ERA against Boston in his career

ESPN.com preview here.

From ESPN.com

Tim Wakefield (3-5, 4.17) will face the Yankees for the third time this season. He did not get a decision in Boston's 7-3 win here but improved to 9-12 lifetime against New York by pitching six strong innings May 11 at Yankee Stadium.

Some interesting information was found at the press release for the Red Sox on David Ortiz.

102 Rbi in 100 games
David Ortiz drove in 3 runs on Monday tying Chicago’s Jim Thome for the American League lead with 41 RBI. It also gave Ortiz 102 RBI in his last 100 games beginning July 31, 2005, the most of any major league player in that span. Ortiz also tops the majors with 37 homers in this period:

David Ortiz10037102
Albert Pujols1013587
Ryan Howard943077
Alex Rodriguez1033081
Troy Glaus952970
Travis Hafner962884
Andruw Jones*1012891
Paul Konerko1022873

*Matt Holliday is tied with Jones for 2nd with 91 RBI in that span.

Game 42 - Yankees game 5

UPDATE: Put another win in the column. Schilling goes 8 innings on less than 100 pitches and the Sox got to Wang in the 3rd for 4 runs to start the offense rolling. The only excitement came in the ninth when Foulke got hammered for 4 runs before getting the final out. Makes the Sox 4 and 1 against the Yanks this year.

ESPN.com box score here.

Game 1 of a 3 game series at Fenway starts tonight. This is the 5th game of 19 games versus the Yankees this year. Since 2003 the Red Sox have a 32-29 record (regular season), Boston Starters are 9 and 10 in thirty games at Fenway during that period with a 5.46 ERA, and the overall record is 17 and 13 with a team ERA of 4.70.

Schilling has started 5 games with the Red Sox against the Yankees with a 4 and 2 record overall (3 and 1 at home) with a 4.75 ERA at Fenway (4.98 all starts). Including 2 relief appearances with the Sox Schilling is 4 and 3 with a 5.16 ERA. Schilling has 4 quality starts against the Yankees (3 at home) and is 4 and 0 in all of those games.

This year so far Schilling is 3 and 0 at Fenway with a 2.14 ERA (espn.com). He has not made any starts against the Yankees at Fenway but is 0 and 1 after his last start against the Yankees this year. This is the only loss the Sox have against the Yankees.


Though he won his last start, Schilling has been in a slump of late. After giving up four homers over his first seven outings, he has given up six longballs in his last two starts. This is Schilling's second start of the season against the Yankees. In the first one, he was the losing pitcher, giving up eight hits and six runs over five innings. Schilling has been dominant at Fenway this season, going 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA in three starts.

Wang has 2 starts at Boston, one this year and one last year. His overall record is 0 and 1 with a 4.41 ERA, at Fenway he is 0 and 1 with a 4.63 ERA. Ironically his loss came in his only quality start against the Sox last year.

Wang has been terrific in his last two outings, allowing just three runs (two earned) in 16 innings against Oakland and Texas. The right-hander has had his sinker and slider working, inducing an incredible number of groundball outs for New York. A winner of three straight starts, Wang will be looking to improve on his five-inning, three-run outing against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on May 1.

ESPN.com preview here.
All stats created with help from the day by day database Baseball Musings.

game 41 recap

A quality start by the Phillies and a non quality start by Dinardo, result a 10 - 5 shellacking. Lenny showed the rust of sitting for 2 weeks, his pitches kept climbing and the Phillies kept smacking him around.

The only good thing to happen yesterday was that the Mets actually held on to beat the Yankees. Start of a three game series tonight against the Yanks.

ESPN.Com game 41 boxsore here.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

game 41 - Phillies game 3

Dinardo goes to the mound today, from Baseball Musings we see that he has pitched only once in his career against the Phillies and that was in a relief appearance 2 years ago. He pitched less than 2 innings with an era of 10.80. His starts for the Red Sox have actually been pretty decent and he is coming off of his first Major League win. Tito has benched Ortiz today to put out his best infield since Lenny is a ground ball pitcher.

Lidle has never pitched against the Sox as a Philly but has made 6 starts and 5 relief appearances with the Mets, Tampa, Oakland and Toronto. He is 1 and 2 with a lifetime era of 6.75. With these numbers I am not expecting a 1 - 0 game today.

MLB.com preview is here.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Game 40 Recap

Both pitchers threw quality starts (out of a possible 80, 34 have been quality starts). Hero of the day has to be Beckett though, as he went 7 innings, knocked in 2 runs (single and homer). For awhile I thought we would be faced with a Wakefield type game as the Phils, kept the boys from mounting any threats, then along came the sixth and the error by the SS. 4 runs later I was sitting there thinking this is all sewed up except for that nagging feeling that we could get a replay of this game (warning not safe for Yankee haters).

All in all a good quality win and another series taken (I make it 8 - 4 - 1 in series) and a successful road trip. I am really liking what I see in the defense of this team, the pitchers seem to be really comfortable and they know if the get ground balls, the defense will make the play. The only sour note in this game was the error by Snow (please make him happy and trade him).

Next game is Dinardo, lets see how that goes.

ESPN recap here.

Game 40 - Phillies game 2

Beckett goes to the mound tonight after 2 strong starts in which he hasn't walked anyone. Myers is also pitching well, so tonight could come down to the team that scores first wins.

Papi should be playing first again (got to have the bat), but expect Youk to switch over late in the game if they have a lead, Lowell to take over at third.

ESPN.com preview here.
MLB.com preview here.

From the press pass the team has made the fewest errors ever in their first 39 games since 1960.

From the day by day database at Baseball Musings Beckett is 1 and 2 at Philly with a 4.18 ERA in 6 games started. 3 of the games he made it past the sixth inning and 2 of the games he was out after 2 innings. Lets hope we get the sixth inning pitcher tonight.

Away games

Well, thought I would post the scoring by innings of the Sox in their away games.

56 all
32 away

As you can see Boston has allowed more runs in the first inning than any other inning during their away games. This has been most troubling about Becketts starts.

Updated: 6/7/2006

Game 39 recap

Clement pitches well, his 3rd quality start and the Sox rewarded him by scoring all of their runs on homers. This year the Sox are 3 and 0 in Clement's quality starts. Overall in 20 quality starts the team has won 17 of those games (Wakefield and Schilling have the losses) . When the opposing team has a quality start the Sox are 4 and 8.

Think about that, in 39 games there have been 32 quality starts by both teams with the Sox winning 21 of those. Today its Beckett vs Myers. go sox.

ESPN.com recap here.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Game 39 - Phillies game 1

Tonight starts a 3 game set in Philly, who have lost 3 straight on the road against the Brewers. We have Clement (teeth grinding already) against Leiber. I have no idea how Clement will pitch, but maybe since its a NL team he'll actually pitch well. We will see.

ESPN.Com preview here.
MLB.Com preview here.

Last year on the road Clement was 5 and 2 with a 4.20 era in 15 games (was 8 and 4 with a 4.90 era in 17 games at Fenway). His only game last year at Philly he went 7 innings with 7 hits, 1 earned run and 4 K's. He received the win for that effort.

For his career Clemnent has pitched in 7 games at Philly, with a 3.48 era and a 4 and 1 record in 41.1 innings. 5 of the 7 games were quality starts.

This year he's 2 and 1 with a 4.91 era in 3 games on the road ( 1 and 2 with a 6.14 era in 4 games at Fenway).

For his career as a Philly, Lieber has a 10 and 8 record in 21 games at home with a 4.77 era. This year he is 1 and 3 with a 6.03 era at home.

As a Philly Jon has pitched one game at the Sox (at phil). That outing was a 5 inning effort with 6 earned runs and was his only loss to the Sox. As a Yankee he had 2 starts (1 win) with both starts being quality starts. Combined his record is 1 and 1 against Boston with a 5.12 era. All of his starts against the Sox have been in his home park. Game time is 7:05 at CBP. Be there or be square.

All stats gathered from Baseball Musings day by day database.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Wake loses another close one

Well the offense stunk thanks to a good outing by Bedard. The key to this game was men on 2nd and 3rd no outs and you only get one run in thanks to back to back strike outs to Manny and Lowell in the first inning. At that point, you felt that Bedard being let off of the hook was going to throw a very good game and then watched him just mow down everybody for the rest of the game.

Meanwhile, the stRangerslers lost another game to the Yankees and here we are all tied up in the standings. No game today, but Clement (ouch) starts a three game series against the Phillies on Friday.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

game 38 - Orioles game 9 of 18

Tonights game is the half way point of the season series with the O's, Wakefield takes the mound against Bedard. From the Red Sox Press Pass the following are Timmy's record against the O's:

► 2006 vs. BAL: 2-0, 2.25 ERA (3 ER/12.0 IP), 2 GS
► CAREER vs. BAL: 13-11, 4 saves, 3.98 ERA (86 ER/194.1 IP), 39 G, 26 GS
► CAREER at BAL: 7-3, 2 saves, 2.90 ERA (29 ER/90.0 IP), 19 G, 12 GS

► Is 7-3 with a pair of saves and a 2.90 ERA (29 ER/90.0 IP) in 19 games (12 starts) at Baltimore…in 90.0 innings, has allowed 35 runs (29 earned) on 74
hits…has walked 36 and punched out 61.

All signs point to a good outing by Wake.

ESPN.com preview here.
MLB.com preview here.

Is Curt Schilling the New Pedro??

So Curt starts out strong last night giving up only the 1 run in the first 3 innings then comes the 4th where he is torched for 2 two run homers. The second home run in that inning came on his 104th pitch. He started the inning with 76 pitches. So the question, is this his limit, 90 pitches and you better start getting some one up and ready to go in the game?

Was good to see Loretta continue to swing the bat well and even better to see Papi knock in that key run.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Francesca talking up the Sox.

OMG, Francesca is talking about how he likes what the Red Sox are doing by injecting youth into the program. I may faint.

Game 37 - Orioles game 8 - 5/16/2006

To recap last night Beckett came out and gave up a first inning home run to Miguel Tejada and then faced only 18 batters in the next 6 innings. 80 pitches thrown and 24 in the first (8 to Miggy alone). That is why he was obtained from the Marlins. 12 in a row against the O's and now the nemesis has lost 3 games to the Sox this year with no wins. What goes around comes around.

Tonight its Schilling vs Chen. Which Schilling will show up though, the one who went 4 and 0 or the one who has gone 1 and 2? Lets hope its the former, but am not holding my breath.

ESPN preview here.
MLB.com's here.

Wake tomorrow in the series finale, and then the trip to Philly, where the Sox record since 2001 is 4 and 2 with a 4.47 era. The Philly era is 6.98 in those games. (h/t to baseball musings).

See you later after the game, go sox.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Sox vs Orioles game 7 - 5/15/2006

Sox start a three game series against the O's tonight. From 2001 to end of last year the Sox are 31 and 16 at Camden Yards, with a 3.03 ERA. Wakefield leads the team with 5 wins during that time period with a 3.40 ERA. This year Sox are 3 and 0 with a 3.00 ERA. (h/t baseball musings).

This will be Beckett's first time to face the O's.

ESPN.com preview here.
MLB.com preview here.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Ranger game 5 - 5/13/2006

From MLB. com (here)

DiNardo picked up his first Major League win in his last start, throwing five solid innings (one earned run) in a 10-3 triumph over the Orioles. This will be DiNardo's second outing this season against the Rangers. He pitched out of the bullpen in Texas on April 4, giving up three hits and a run over 2 1/3 innings.

Lenny is 1-1 in his last 3 apperances, with an 8.31 ERA. His ERA at home though is 2.77 while Koronka's road ERA is 3.78, Koronka is also 2-0 on the road.

Texas game 4 - 5/12/2006

Well, no surprise, the rains held off just long enough so that deer in the headlights Clement could stink up the place and drop the Sox back into a virtual tie with the Yanks. Tommorrow nights game does not look like a good match up on paper but I fully expect the Sox to come out firing on all cylinders. The question is whether DiNardo can hold back the hot hitting rangers or not. Lets hope he looks more like his first and last start.

Box score for last night here.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Weekend Series against Texas - If mother nature allows

A three game set against the Rangers start tonight, Loe is the starter for the Texans and Clement for the Sox. Am so tired of Clement, "Rest is not a help right now, etc. etc. ", well if you would pitch like wake, schilling, and beckett on a consistent basis you wouldn' have been skipped against the yanks. Just be quiet and go out to the mound to pitch. One other thing, enough of this 20 minute innings from you, just take the ball, look in at Tek, nod your head and then throw the ball.

espn.com preview here.
MLB.com preview here.

Am working on a couple of things, but real quickly the sox at home in 16 games have averaged 5.56 runs. Opponents are averaging 3.88.

Yankees Sox Game 4 recap

Well the 4th of 19 games is in the books and the Sox win a nail biter. It sure looked like Wakefield would get another hard luck loss for the first 6 innings, especially with the Sox leaving the bases loaded 3 times in the first 6 innings.

ESPN Box score here.

The 7th inning turned out to be the winning rally and how strange it was. Wily Mo strikes out, Mirabelli singles, Bernie Williams misplays Gonzalez's fly ball into a 2 base error (though I think it should have been a double), Youkilis hits a hard line drive right at Cano and I am at this point totally frustrated.

Then, then, the golden boy makes a two run error, well actually they called it an infield single (another reason why I detest the Yankees, if that had been A-rod it would have been an error, see the Bernie Williams play earlier). 2 runs score and all of a sudden its 4-3 Red Sox and the bullpen is set up for the winning trio of relievers.

End of the ninth and I am looking forward to the team returning to Fenway for the quick 3 game series against the Rangers.

Things to like about the game, they kept on plugging away. 3 for 15 with runners in scoring position do not win very many games for you, but they just kept on putting runners on base and forcing the Yankees to make perfect pitches. I also liked the fact that everybody but Big Papi got a hit (am not worried, Texas will probably be the cure for his slump). Timlin, Foulke and Papelbon all did their jobs in a tight situation. It also was nice to see Youkilis get a big hit against Mariano in the 9th. That extra run sure makes it easier to breathe.

Wakefield was again very good against the Yankees, six innings 3 earned runs and 9 K's. Another quality start for Wakefield. So far in eight starts he has given a quality start in 6 of them and the Sox have won 4 of those starts. Over all counting tonights win the Sox are 4 and 4 in Wakes starts.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Yankees Sox game 4 - 5/11/2006

Well, we couldn't win the second game of this series as Schilling fell apart and was unable to hold the lead. Game 3 tonight has Wake vs Chacon. I expect a game more like game 1 than last nights but who knows.

ESPN.Com's preview

MLB.Com's preview

Peace and love to Wake I hope tonight.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Yankees Sox game 3 - 2006

Gonzalez hits the three run last night to complete the rout of the Yankees and R J takes his third loss, while Beckett throws a good one. A game that looked a lot like his first outing this year. Game 2 of the series tonight with Schilling vs Mussina. The best two pitchers of these teams this year so far. Lets hope we get a lot of Mystique and Aura are just a couple of dancers tonight from the schill.

Game 1 of the series recap here.

Game 2 probable pitchers by MLB.com here.

Lets go Red Sox, (clap, clap) lets go Red Sox.

Update: corrected Schillings quote

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Game 30 - Sox vs Orioles

ESPN box score

When you send 11 players to the plate in the second inning and score 5 runs, you better win. Pretty much all phases of the game were clicking, clutch hitting, good pitching (even Seanez) and Wakefield finally got some good run support. 10 in a row over the birds and going for 11 this afternoon. Lets keep up the run barrages and we should be fine.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Baltimore vs Boston game 5

Espn Preview here.

MLB.com Scouting Report:

Wakefield is coming off his first no-decision of the season. However, the veteran knuckleballer was solid in that contest against the Yankees, going seven innings and allowing three earned runs while being reunited with long-time batterymate Doug Mirabelli. Unlike the last start, when Mirabelli literally arrived from San Diego just minutes before the game, the battery will have a chance to do some preparation for this start against the Orioles. Wakefield?s only win of 2006 came against the Orioles back on April 9, when we went six innings and didn?t allow an earned run.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Quality Starts

Have just been looking at my database on the Red Sox quality starts. So far the starters have had a total of 14 games that would be considered quality starts, the record in those starts are 11-3, with Schilling losing 1 and Wakefield losing 2 (thanks for the offense dudes).

The opposing team has thrown 10 quality starts and the Sox have won 6 of those. 3 of their wins have came in pitchers duels as outlined above. Pitching and defense does win games. Let us not forget that. The team ERA is below 5, we are 3 or 4th in the league in defense. That keeps us tied with the yankees for first.

Yankees beat up on the little guy

While out and about today earning the daily bread (hey, I got to eat man), I mentioned this story to someone and they hadn't heard about it, so just in case you haven't seen this let me bring it up. It seems the yankees are going after YankeesHater.com (the cool hats remember). The story can be found here.

Help out a fellow yankee hater and buy some cool stuff today.

Boston Vs Toronto Game 9

9th game against Toronto tonight. So far the Sox are 3 and 5 against the Jay' with only 10 games left to play against them. ESPN's preview is here.

From MLB.com

Scouting Report:
On Sunday, Schilling narrowly missed becoming just the third pitcher in Boston history to win five games in April. He allowed three runs in six innings while striking out nine, but failed to get the run support he needed in a 5-4 loss to Tampa Bay. Schilling is 3-4 with a 3.63 ERA in eight career starts against the Orioles.

Schilling has 196 career wins, with number 1 coming as an Oriole. There are some things to remember going into this game. 1) the birds are 34 and 25 at Fenway since 1999, 2) Lopez is 10 and 6 against the Sox (42 and 40 against everybody else), 3) the pain in the butt for the last 2 years Javy Lopez is on the DL and won't be playing, and last but definitely not least Schilling loves pitching at Fenway.

The bats will need to come alive tonight to take the pressure off of the Big Schill.

Cry Havoc - 5/4/2006 - Sox vs Toronto

ESPN Box score

Whew glad Tito didn't listen to me as the boys batted around in the first inning putting up a five spot that even Clement couldn't screw up (though he tried by going to a lot of 3 - 2 counts and walking 2 in the next 5 innings). Youkilas hits his second with a man on to put the game out of reach, even though Seanez pitched like Seanez (another freaking home run), and Tavarez was ok but couldn't nail it down, which meant that Papelbon had to come in to get another save.

Would be nice if someone beside Papelbon and Timlin in the bullpen could come into the game and I don't know do something unusual and NOT ALLOW ANY RUNS!!!

Maybe Loretta is starting to get out of his slump, and before everybody goes crazy and starts screaming for Renteria over A Gon, lets remember something, this time last year Renteria had like a gazillion errors and was hitting squat. The dude could not handle Boston and his hitting woes carried over into the field. At least A Gon is playing superb defense and his hitting will improve.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Boston vs Toronto Game 8 (espn preview here)

Am not looking forward to this matchup, Clement is like 1 forever against this team and the way the Blue Jays are hitting against us do not make a good combination. Franco needs to shake up the line up, move everybody around except for Papi and Manny. Get a little fun back in this, because everybody and I mean everybody seems to be getting the A-Rod disease.

MLB.com Scouting Report

Clement has labored through his last two starts, allowing a combined seven runs (six earned) on 15 hits in 10 1/3 innings. In his last start, Tampa Bay caught him for four runs in the first two innings of a 5-2 loss, but he settled down after that, allowing just one hit and no earned runs over the next four innings. The right-hander has struggled a bit against the Blue Jays in the past, going 1-3 for an 8.44 ERA in six career starts against Toronto.

5/3/2006 - Blue Jays 7 - Sox 6

Box Score

How we miss this guy ---------->

Well Papelbon finally gave up a run and took the loss. Hey did you think he was going to have a zero era this year? Papelbon was not the problem the stinking offense was the problem. 1st & 2nd with no outs and you don't get the run home. Pathetic. Lets face it boys and girls the Sox are stinking up the place against the Jays. 2 and 5 this year with eleven more games to play against this team.

Yo, Francona, not sure if you noticed this but Shea is like 5 for 9 against Foulke. Wake up and smell the coffee.

Just pathetic.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Boston vs Toronto Game 7

MLB.com Scouting Report:

A high pitch count forced Halladay out early for the second game in a row, but that didn't stop of from picking up his second straight win. The right-hander threw 99 pitches in 5 1/3 scoreless innings against the Yankees. He allowed seven hits, but he worked well out of jams -- forcing 10 groudnouts versus just two fly outs. On April 22, Halladay picked up a win against Boston after allowing one run on six hits in five innings.

Beckett is coming off arguably the worst start of his career. In that humbling loss at Cleveland, Beckett was belted for a career-high of nine runs, eight of which were earned. In this one, he will have a chance for redemption against the Blue Jays after giving up three homers in a no-decision on April 21.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Sox Vs Yankees game 2

Update: Postponed game part of 8/18/2006 doubleheader.

Should be a great game, lets go sox. Rain Delay till at least 8:00 p.m. For ESPN's preview click the link.

For MLB.coms preview go here.