Beckett vs Perez - Game time is at 8:10 p.m.
Boston is 1 game back behind Toronto and NY Yankees.
As usual all statistics were found at the day by day database at Baseball Musings and this year at Baseball Reference.
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from MLB.com -
Red Sox: Beckett is hoping to be more consistent in his second year in Boston. Still, he did achieve career-highs last year in wins and innings. Beckett pitched his best game of last season against the Royals, firing eight shutout innings. On the road, he was 9-5 with a 5.21 ERA. Beckett's 31 wins over the last two seasons rank eighth in the Major Leagues. Beckett has limited opponents to a .239 average over his first five seasons.
So lets look at the numbers of our projected starting 9 versus Perez.
Starting 9 vs Perez
The starting 9 have a .288 BA against Perez, .413 OBP, .519 slugging, strike out once every 5 plate appearances and walk once every 6. Of course what kills them is Lowell's numbers. If you throw out his .145 BA etc., then the team is batting .342 with a .545 OBP, .658 slugging and would K and BB once every 4 plate appearances.
Do you think Lugo wishes the Sox had opened against somebody besides Meche And Perez? Career wise he is combined 0 - 12 (including his 3 k's last night).
Perez vs Sox
So besides the game last year he has faced the Sox two other times, with a 5 - 6 - 4 - 4 - 3 - 6 and 8 - 5 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 7 line. So, he has pitched really well 2 out of 3 times with his worse game being 6 years ago. After the Schillacking (stole that from Ian Browne) of yesterday I was really hoping for a pitcher that the Sox have dominated. Is that the light at the end of the tunnel or another train coming.
Lets look at Beckett's numbers:
Beckett Vs KC
He started 3 games against them last year and with 2 quality starts and went 8 innings in the 1st and 3 rd start against them. Jumping out at me is the 0 HR's and only 2 walks.
What is that old saying? You are only as good as the next starting pitcher? I feel good about this game tomorrow.
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