Saturday, April 07, 2007

MLB 07 - Game 5

Julian Tavarez, RHP (0-0, -.--) Red Sox (2-1) @ Kevin Millwood, RHP (0-1, 5.40) Rangers (0-3)

Rangers lead series 1 -0.

As usual all statistics were found at the day by day database at Baseball Musings and this year at Baseball Reference.

Red Sox (2-2) trail Tampa Bay (yes Tamapa Bay) 1/2 game. Lead Toronto and NYY by 1/2 game

ESPN.Com preview should be here.
Yahoo's preview should be here.
The recap after the game will be here.

From Scouting Report:

Red Sox: Tavarez excelled last September when he moved into the starting rotation, going 3-0 with a 4.01 ERA. Of Tavarez's 700 career appearances, 85 have been starts. Tavarez pitched a complete-game victory over the Blue Jays on Sept. 22, leading the Red Sox to a 7-1 win. Tavarez is 2-3 with a 5.86 ERA against the Rangers in 19 career appearances.

Rangers: The Rangers are skipping their fifth starter because of off-days so Millwood and the others can pitch on their normal five days' rest. Millwood is 3-3 with a 4.12 ERA in nine career starts against the Red Sox. He was 7-7 with a 5.38 ERA at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington last year but was 4-3 with a 3.91 ERA in his final seven starts. Five of those seven were quality starts.

Expected Batters vs Starting pitcher.

J. Lugo123000031.250
K. Youkilis41100011.250
D. Ortiz95003720.556
M Ramirez144001105.286
J.D. Drew185101545.278
M Lowell49144111068.286
J Varitek187200323.389
C Crisp60 000002.000
D Pedroia00000000.000

Pretty good Avg by Varitek and Ortiz who both hit Millwood well. Maybe he is the pitcher to get them going this season. At least we can always hope.

Historical Pitching lines

Tavarez132035 1/34023614195.86
Millwood933054 2/34925716394.12

Tavarez hasn't pitched well against the Rangers in the past. Lets hope that being a starter will change his history.


Peter N said...

One win more tomorrow. That would make this early road trip really nice! I'll take one of two, but Curt had better good tomorrow.

s1c said...

I am not worried about curt I am worried about the offense. Only 2 players batting over 300 does not give me confidence right now.